My adventures in the woods, streams, rivers, fields, and lakes of Michigan

Sandpipers, Curlews, Stints, Godwits, Snipes, and Phalaropes


Sandpipers, Curlews, Stints, Godwits, Snipes, and Phalaropes

Order: Charadriiformes Family: Scolopacidae
The Scolopacidae are a large diverse family of small to medium sized shorebirds including the Sandpipers, Curlews, Godwits, Shanks, Tattlers, Woodcocks, Snipes, Dowitchers and Phalaropes. The majority of species eat small invertebrates picked out of the mud or soil. Different lengths of legs and bills enable different species to feed in the same habitat, particularly on the coast, without direct competition for food. There are 34 Michigan species.

American Woodcock, Scolopax minor

Baird’s Sandpiper, Calidris bairdii

Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Tryngites subruficollis
Curlew Sandpiper, Calidris ferruginea

Dunlin, Calidris alpina

Greater Yellowlegs, Tringa melanoleuca

Hudsonian Godwit, Limosa haemastica

Least Sandpiper, Calidris minutilla

Lesser Yellowlegs, Tringa flavipes

Long-billed Dowitcher, Limnodromus scolopaceus

Marbled Godwit, Limosa fedoa

Pectoral Sandpiper, Calidris melanotos

Purple Sandpiper, Calidris maritima

Red-necked Phalarope, Phalaropus lobatus

Red Knot, Calidris canutus
Red Phalarope, Phalaropus fulicarius

Ruddy Turnstone, Arenaria interpres

Ruff, Philomachus pugnax
Sanderling, Calidris alba

Semipalmated Sandpiper, Calidris pusilla

Short-billed Dowitcher, Limnodromus griseus

Solitary Sandpiper, Tringa solitaria

Spotted Sandpiper, Actitis macularia

Stilt Sandpiper, Calidris himantopus

Upland Sandpiper, Bartramia longicauda

Western Sandpiper, Calidris mauri
Whimbrel, Numenius phaeopus
White-rumped Sandpiper, Calidris fuscicollis
Willet, Tringa semipalmata

Wilson’s Phalarope, Phalaropus tricolor

Wilson’s Snipe, Gallinago delicata

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