Sharp-tailed Sandpiper

Calidris acuminata
L 8 1/2″ (22 cm).

Song or calls:
Accidental. Sharp “whit-whit,” and mellow two-note whistle.

Description: Sexes similar. Breeding plumage shows extensive rust coloring on back, rusty cap, and lighter buffy breast than Pectoral Sandpiper. Breast also has lighter streaking that is less sharply contrasted with the white belly. Juvenile has bold white eyebrow that broadens behind eye; breast is barely streaked.

Habitat: Usually occupies grassy areas of coastal marshes and tidal flats.

Where in Nebraska: Accidental. Breeds in Siberia, and most sitings in the lower 48 states are of juveniles.

Fun Facts: Sharp-tailed Sandpipers are often found in small flocks and will crouch in vegetation when alarmed or threatened.