upland sandpiper


: a large short-billed American sandpiper (Bartramia longicauda) that frequents fields and prairies

called also upland plover

Illustration of upland sandpiper

Illustration of upland sandpiper

Examples of upland sandpiper in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Hampden County: Several upland sandpipers between Perimeter Road and the Stony Brook Wetlands in Ludlow, four Acadian flycatchers in Granville, a hooded warbler at the Grace Robson Wildlife Sanctuary in Westfield, and a blue grosbeak at the Southwick Wildlife Management Area in Southwick. BostonGlobe.com, 10 June 2023 There were six Northern shovelers, an upland sandpiper, and a late snow bunting at Nantucket and an eared grebe continued at Marblehead. BostonGlobe.com, 17 Apr. 2021 Sixteen whimbrels and 32 Hudsonian godwits off Horseneck Beach in Westport, an early great cormorant at Gooseberry Neck in Westport, and an upland sandpiper off Mishaum Point Road in South Dartmouth. Grace Gilson, BostonGlobe.com, 27 Aug. 2022 An upland sandpiper, also endangered in the state, has been documented on the prairie. Sheryl Devore, chicagotribune.com, 22 Oct. 2021 There was a tricolored heron at Magnolia Point in Gloucester and an upland sandpiper at Logan Airport. BostonGlobe.com, 13 July 2019 Notable breeding species include Henslow's sparrow, king and Virginia rails, upland sandpiper, least bitterns, American bitterns and common snipe. Frank Abderholden, Lake County News-Sun, 2 Feb. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1848, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of upland sandpiper was in 1848

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“Upland sandpiper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/upland%20sandpiper. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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