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Upland sandpiper; Birds--Habitat; Nest building


The upland sandpiper population breeding in Morrison county in central Minnesota was studied in 1975 and 1976. Nests were found in old fields (73 percent), pastures (20 percent), and in a sedge-grass meadow (7 percent). Most nests were discovered in vegetation 22.5 to 35.0 cm tall and on the average were 13.2 m. from an aspen or willow edge. Seven grasses and 23 forbs made up the plant species composition at 14 nest-sites. Brood rearing areas were old fields and over-grazed pastures. Upland sandpipers prefer to feed in vegetation that does not exceed 10 cm.

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