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Singing Sandpipers

Written by Bob Sundstrom
 
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[Lesser Yellowlegs’ caroling song]
The musical, wren-like tune you simply heard is that of a Lesser Yellowlegs, a sort of sandpiper. We all know Lesser Yellowlegs and different sandpipers for his or her busy foraging on mudflats and on the ocean’s edge – however maybe not for his or her singing. Now, image this hen, in its nesting territory in Alaska, sitting atop a spruce tree. That’s proper – a sandpiper perched on the high of a tree like our yard robins – singing its caroling tune.
[Lesser Yellowlegs’ caroling song]
The title “sandpiper” really comes from the birds’ voices, relatively than from their long-billed probing within the sand. Whereas the title refers particularly to the birds’ quick “piped” – or whistled – calls, quite a lot of sandpipers are additionally superior, and shocking, singers. Take heed to this Dunlin because it sings in flight over its nesting territory within the Alaskan tundra.
[Dunlin song]
And this eerie hooting, which could conjure up the picture of an owl at night time, is definitely the tune of a Pectoral Sandpiper [Pectoral Sandpiper hooting], singing on the tundra nicely north of the Arctic Circle.
[Pectoral Sandpiper hooting; repeat]
You’ll be able to hear these sandpipers once more, and see pictures, once you come to our web page, birdnote.org. I’m Mary McCann.
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Bird Sounds offered by The Macaulay Library of Pure Sounds on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York. Lesser Yellowlegs recorded by G.A. Keller. Dunlin recorded by A.A. Allen and P.P. Kellogg. Pectoral Sandpiper show flight recorded by W.W.H. Gunn.
Producer: John Kessler
Government Producer: Chris Peterson
© 2014 Tune In to Nature.org     Could 2018/2022    Narrator:  Mary McCann

ID# 052506LEYEKPLU            sandpiper-01b

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