Distinctive sandpiper found in areas with short grass. Overall patterned buffy-brown with small head, long neck, large eye, and yellow bill with black tip. The ghostly, breathy whistle of the Upland Sandpiper is one of the characteristic sounds of spring on the northern Great Plains. -The calls of the Upland Sandpiper are unmistakeable also. Some birds make the passage from North American breeding grounds to … Males perch on fence posts during breeding season and make graceful, circular song flights over the breeding territory, sometimes accompanied by females. Migrates in groups at night, often calling back and forth. Long tail and shallow fluttery wingbeats give it a unique look in flight. -It often perches on fence posts or telephone poles.

When it lands, it may be hard to see in the tall grass of its typical habitat. 01:15 Forages by walking briskly through shortgrass habitats, picking invertebrates and seeds from the ground and vegetation. After flying to the perch, it will hold its wings briefly above its body in a motion that looks like a stretch. Frequently seen perched on fence posts or atop small shrubs. The bird sings sometimes from the tops of fenceposts or poles, but often on the wing, flying high with shallow, fluttering wingbeats. -The flight of the Upland Sandpiper is very distinctive - with shallow, stiff, fluttering wingbeats. The upland sandpiper is an extraordinary aerialist, and it flies effortlessly with stiff, shallow wingbeats.