sand·​pip·​er | \ ˈsan(d)-ˌpī-pər How to pronounce sandpiper (audio) \

Definition of sandpiper

: any of various small shorebirds (family Scolopacidae, the sandpiper family) distinguished from the related plovers chiefly by the longer and soft-tipped bill

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Recent Examples on the Web There were reports of 120 white-winged scoters, five Western sandpipers, three American golden-plovers, three black skimmers, and three merlins., "► Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Stow:," 23 Sep. 2019 Recent bird sightings as reported to the Mass. Audubon Society: Greater Boston: A stilt sandpiper and a short-eared owl were seen in the Summer Street sector of Belle Isle Marsh in Winthrop., "Most read on," 3 Nov. 2019 At low tides, sandpipers and willets are common on the mudflats. Tom Stienstra,, "80-mile Bay Trail inches closer to reality," 30 Jan. 2020 Other sightings around the Cape included a royal tern at Scusset Beach in Sandwich, 12 Western sandpipers at Sandy Neck in Barnstable, 2 Caspian terns at Dowse’s Beach in Osterville, and up to two harlequin ducks in Provincetown., "Recent bird sightings on Cape Cod (as of Sept. 17) as reported to the Massachusetts Audubon Society.," 24 Sep. 2019 Parker River National Wildlife Refuge: Among reports were four Northern shovelers, a Eurasian wigeon, a ruddy duck, a pectoral sandpiper, three American woodcocks, an Eastern phoebe, and a Lapland longspur., "Most read on," 3 Nov. 2019 Some of these visitors will include green-winged teal, the colorful wood duck, Western and Clark’s grebes, some species of sandpiper and loons. Ernie Cowan, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Ladder-backed woodpecker is fond of the desert," 19 Sep. 2019 The team also drew on the Audubon Christmas Bird Count for data on about 55 species found in boreal forests and the Arctic tundra, and on the International Shorebird Survey for trends in shorebirds such as sandpipers and plovers. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "Three billion North American birds have vanished since 1970, surveys show," 19 Sep. 2019 Also sighted last week were several hundred semipalmated and least sandpipers, as well as 35 seaside sparrows and 48 saltmarsh sparrows which were tallied as part of an official shorebird survey., "Bird sightings across the region," 11 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of sandpiper

1674, in the meaning defined above

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“Sandpiper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of sandpiper

: a type of bird that has long legs and a long bill and that lives near the sea


sand·​pip·​er | \ ˈsand-ˌpī-pər How to pronounce sandpiper (audio) \

Kids Definition of sandpiper

: a small shorebird with long slender legs and bill

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