Upland Sandpipers on the Carden Alvar

Upland Sandpipers are more visible now that their young have hatched. Both parents watch over them. One adult was in the grass and the other was on the wires. Carden Alvar on 10 June 2018.


Video of Upland Sandpipers watching over their young and communicating with each other.

Cryptic coloration and plumage pattern camouflage this ground-nesting shorebird. Before the eggs hatch one of the pair is incubating while the other is feeding and watching. Males may be doing display flights and curlew-like songs.


However they become more obvious by perching on posts after the young hatch. Carden Alvar on 10 June 2018.


The other adult was on the wires. Carden Alvar on 10 July 2018.


Carden Alvar is one of the best places in Ontario to see Upland Sandpipers during the breeding season.


Link to Ron Pittaway's article: Upland Sandpipers in Carden