Upland Sandpiper on a fencepost.

Upland Sandpiper on a fencepost.

An Upland Sandpiper was first noticed perched on a fencepost in a cow pasture on Lemon Fair road in Weybridge by a passing driver in early May. Later two were sighted in the same field, giving hope that this is a breeding pair establishing a territory. This is a very significant discovery given the precipitous drop in the population of this species in the State of Vermont over the past few decades. The recent Vermont Breeding Bird Atlas noted an %85 decline in the number of nesting Upland Sandpipers in the 25 years between the first and second Atlas. The area where these birds were seen was known as a regular breeding site for Upland Sandpipers in the past, but last report of this species in this area comes from 1978. Truly a welcome return to Weybridge.

– Ron Payne

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