Thanks, Jason, for sharing that--and thanks to all the dedicated
bird-banders and researchers and eco-travelers who gather the information.
More than ever, it gives all of us reason to care for habitat around the
planet, even if we never lay eyes on such birds, by donating to various
conservation efforts and legislation.
Linda Whyte

On Sep 21, 2016 9:42 PM, "Jason Caddy" <> wrote:

Since most NA field guides only give a short blip about the Sharp-tailed
Sandpiper being a vagrant to the US mostly found on the Pacific coast and
casual inland that is similar to the Pectoral Sandpiper, I thought I would
share a bit more information on this interesting bird.

Like many sandpiper species, the most intriguing thing about the
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper is its incredible migration. The birds "winter"
(austral summer) in Australia, New Zealand, and many South Pacific islands.
They then migrate along the east Asian coast and fly overland to get to
their Arctic Siberian breeding grounds. The adults head back south overland
but a large number of juvenile birds are theorized to stage in Alaska.
These juvenile birds then fly over the open Pacific Ocean to their
"wintering" grounds. Thus, it is likely that the individual found in Carver
county was born in Siberia after its parents had come all the way from the
South Pacific. It traveled east to Alaska, got mixed up with some Pectoral
Sandpipers and headed on their southward migration, perhaps eventually
ending up in South America. Quite a journey for a bird that was just born
over the summer.

Also, showing the flexible abilities of shorebirds, the Sharp-tailed
Sandpiper prefers to stay inland in Australia during the winter if there
are adequate rains. This provides energy savings by shortening their
migratory journey to the southeastern Australian coast.

The Birdlife Australia website describes the Sharp-tailed as the most
dinky-di of all shorebirds in Australia. Apparently, a well deserved

Jason Caddy


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