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Sandpipers (28)

American Woodcock
An uncommon winter resident, found in rural areas, which are best seen at dusk or dawn. LCBC high count of 3 in 1992.

Wilson's Snipe
A common winter visitor, October to early April, found exclusively in wetlands. They are usually found in small numbers but 200 were once reported in a flooded a field near Waverly. LCBC high count of 234 in 1995.

Marbled Godwit
One record from Dundee in April 94 and two birds found in a PPM in September 1984.

Hudsonian Godwit
One record from PPM in November 1986 and a second in 1992.

Upland Sandpiper
A rare visitor, last seen in a phosphate mine in 1986.

Greater Yellowlegs
A fairly common resident, absent in midsummer. Mostly found in PPM. Rarely more than a dozen are found at a time. They are easily confused with the Lesser Yellowlegs. LCBC high count of 67 in 1995.

Lesser Yellowlegs
A locally common visitor of PPM usually absent in midsummer. Thousands can be found on a single mud flat. High count of 6,000 in Sepember 1989. LCBC high count of 412 in 1986.

Solitary Sandpiper
An uncommon migrant found mostly in phosphate mines. Like its name, they are found, not surprisingly, singly. High count of 29 at the Circle B-Bar Reserve on 17 April 2004.LCBC high count of 2 in 1988.

Spotted Sandpiper
An uncommon winter visitor, absent in midsummer, usually found in sewage lagoons and lake edges. Normally found singly or in pairs. LCBC high count of 10 in 1978.

Willet
A rare visitor from the coast last seen in April 2000 in a PPM.

Ruddy Turnstone
A very rare visitor last seen in May of 1999 in PPM. High count of 4 in September 1989.

Short-billed Dowitcher
A fairly common migrant and winter visitor, absent in mid summer, found mostly in PPM. At times hundreds can be found. High count of 2100 in April 1989. The two dowitcher species are extremely difficult to identify. LCBC high count of 53 in 1985 .

Long-billed Dowitcher
Found year round except for mid summer, mostly in PPM. Because the two species of dowitcher are so similar in appearance, much more field work is needed for proper identification. 1550 found at 4-Corners mine, November 2003. LCBC high count of 394 in 2003 and 341 in 2000.

Red Knot
A single record from the PPM in 1992.

Sanderling
A very rare visitor from the coast with a handfull of records, the last being six birds located in a PPM in 1995.

Bairdís Sandpiper
One record from a PPM in November 1986, the second on 12 May 2001 at Ft. Green mine.

Semipalmated Sandpiper
A common migrant, May/June and August, found mostly in PPM and wetlands. Absent in midsummer and winter. High count of 14,525 on 12 May 2001 and 7,900 in May 1998.

Western Sandpiper
A fairly common migrant mostly in the Fall, found in phosphate mines. This is the only dark-legged peep found in winter. Westerns are easily confused with Semipalmated and Least Sandpipers. High count of 2350 in November of 2003, and 300 in August 1995. LCBC high count of 6 in 1994.

Least Sandpiper
A common resident found all year except mid summer in phosphate mines and wetlands. Several thousand can be found per day. It has yellow legs and a bib, but this is not always visible. On November 5, 1986 an estimated 30,000 peeps were reported from the pits near Homeland. Most were Least Sandpipers. This was the largest concentration of shorebirds in the history of Polk County. In November of 2003 15,500 were at the 4-Corners mine. LCBC high count of 409 in 2001 and 394 in 2000.

White-rumped Sandpiper
An uncommon migrant, May and September, found mostly in PPM. High count of 31 in May 1999.

Pectoral Sandpiper
An uncommon migrant, expected in the PPM in March and August/September. Usually found singly or in small flocks. High count of 35 in September 1997.

Dunlin
Uncommon migrant, April/May and September- November, usually found in PPM. When they do occur it will be singly or in small flocks. High count of 51 in November 1986 and 23 in November 2003. LCBC max of 3 in 2000.

Stilt Sandpiper
A fairly common winter visitor, August - May, mostly found in PPM. Hundreds can be found in a day. High count of 5,000 in November 1986. LCBC high count of 82 in 1985.

Buff-breasted Sandpiper
A rare migrant with one record in September 1984 and a second in a PPM in 1989.

Ruff
A single record from the Lakeland sewage lagoons in 1986.

Curlew Sandpiper
A single record from Lake Hancock in April, 1968 after a natural draw down caused by a sinkhole.

Wilsonís Phalarope
A unusual migrant with records scattered through the year. Mostly found in PPM in small numbers. High count of 19 in November 1986.

Red-necked Phalarope
Only a couple of records from PPM. Seen in 1989 and a single bird on October 14, 2001 at the 4 Corners mine. High count of 6 in May 1986.