Calidris ferruginea

Status:  Accidental in fall.

Documentation: Photograph: 19 Jul 1997 Funk WPA, Phelps Co (Brogie 1998).

Taxonomy:  No subspecies are recognized.

RecordThe lone record is of an individual molting into basic plumage found and photographed by Joel Jorgensen, accompanied by Ross Silcock and seen by many, at Funk WPA, Phelps Co 19-21 Jul 1997 (Silcock and Jorgensen 1997, Jorgensen and Silcock 1998).

CommentsThere are 16 records from neighboring states, six from 10-25 May and 10 from 30 Jun-19 Sep (CBRC 2017, Iowa Ornithologists’ Union 2017, Kent and Dinsmore 1996, Thompson et al 2011).  Oddly, five of the six spring records are from Iowa. There are no records for South Dakota or Wyoming (Faulkner 2010, Tallman et al 2002).


CBRC: Colorado Bird Records Committee
WPA: Waterfowl Production Area (Federal)


Photograph (top) of a Curlew Sandpiper at Funk WPA, Phelps Co 21 Jul 1997 by Phil Swanson.

Literature Cited

Brogie, M.A. 1999. 1998 (Tenth) Report of the NOU Records Committee. NBR 67: 141-152.

Colorado Bird Records Committee [CBRC]. 2017.  Curlew Sandpiper records.  Colorado Bird Records Committee database, accessed 18 February 2018.

Faulkner, D.W. 2010. Birds of Wyoming. Roberts and Company, Greenwood Village, Colorado, USA.

Iowa Ornithologists’ Union. 2017.  Iowa Records Committee reports of Iowa rare bird records, accessed 21 February 2018.

Jorgensen, J.G., and W.R. Silcock.  Nebraska’s first Curlew Sandpiper. NBR 66: 3.

Kent, T.H., and J.J. Dinsmore. 1996. Birds in Iowa. Publshed by the authors, Iowa City and Ames, Iowa, USA.

Silcock, W.R., and J.G. Jorgensen. 1997. Summer Field Report. June-July 1997. NBR 65: 102-115.

Tallman, D.A., Swanson, D.L., and J.S. Palmer. 2002. Birds of South Dakota. Midstates/Quality Quick Print, Aberdeen, South Dakota, USA.

Thompson, M.C., and C.A. Ely. 1989. Birds in Kansas. Vol. 1. University of Kansas Museum Natural History Publications Educational Series No. 11, Lawrence, Kansas, USA.

Recommended Citation

Silcock, W.R., and J.G. Jorgensen.  2018.  Curlew Sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea), Version 1.0. In Birds of Nebraska — Online.

Birds of Nebraska – Online