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Solitary Sandpiper
(Tringa solitaria)

Solitary sandpiperThis gangly fellow is one of the most likely sandpipers to be seen in the region surrounding the banding station during migration. This sandpiper is named “solitary” because it migrates in small groups, unlike most other shorebirds which tend to travel in large flocks. The solitary is also one of only two species of sandpiper that nest in trees rather than on the ground, often taking over the abandoned nests of songbirds.

During migration, the sandpiper is often found around the shores of small ponds and lowland lakes as well as near flooded fields and even in drainage ditches or creeks. The banding station’s nets are near some such habitats. The sandpiper uses its long, slender beak to probe for worms and burrowing insects and the occasional small frog, while its spindly legs allow it to maneuver in its watery, muddy environment.

Photo: Bill Hubick


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Adoptions at the $75 Level include these benefits:

  • Optional e-card for gift recipients (look on confirmation page after purchase)
  • Personalized adoption certificate printed with unique band number, photo of adopted species, and species highlights
  • Replica bird band
  • Invitation to attend a special adopter-only morning at the bird banding station
  • eNews updates about our bird research
  • Two free passes to Carnegie Museum of Natural History; $39 of each $75 adoption is tax-deductible
  • Admission to Powdermill Nature Reserve is always free

Carnegie Museum of Natural History
4400 Forbes Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15213
One of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh

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