Summer is a time when many birders head to the beach to watch for shorebirds and enjoy some summer sun, but you don't have to hit the sand to find this week's featured bird - the upland sandpiper is an unusual shorebird that doesn't need a shore. These large sandpipers with their long necks and dove-like heads are found in grasslands and prairies, often preferring dry habitat far different than the homes of their shorebird cousins.
Is the upland sandpiper on your life list? Share your sightings in the comments!
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