Status: Rare casual fall migrant east and west.
Documentation: Description: 12 Oct 1986 Octavia, Butler Co (Kovanda and Kovanda 1986).
Taxonomy: No subspecies are recognized.
Fall: There are four records, all of juveniles:
8 Sep 1994 Sheridan Co (Brogie 1998)
18-19 Sep 2002, Lake Minatare, Scotts Bluff Co (Brogie 2004, cited as Lake Alice, error by original observer)
6 Oct 2010, Cottonwood WPA, Phelps Co (Brogie 2011)
12 Oct 1986 Butler Co (cited above)
Comments: There are about seven records for the Great Plains (North Dakota, Nebraska, eastern Colorado, western Iowa, northern Texas), two spring records 13-18 May and five in fall 19 Sep 16 Nov (eBird.org, accessed Oct 2023). The seven Iowa records include the only western Iowa record and one of few in spring for interior North America, documented by B.J. Rose in Fremont Co 15 May 1994 (IOU 2023).
IOU: Iowa Ornithologists’ Union
WPA: Waterfowl Production Area
Brogie, M.A. 1998. 1997 (Ninth) Report of the NOU Records Committee. NBR 66: 147-159.
Brogie, M.A. 2004. 2003 (15th) Report of the NOU Records Committee. NBR 72: 59-65.
Brogie, M.A. 2011. 2010 (22nd) Report of the NOU Records Committee. NBR 79: 99-111.
IOU. 2023. Iowa Records Committee reports of Iowa rare bird records, accessed Oct 2023.
Kovanda, S., and J. Kovanda. 1986. Sharp-tailed Sandpiper. NBR 54: 70.
Silcock, W.R., and J.G. Jorgensen. 2023. Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (Calidris acuminata). In Birds of Nebraska — Online. www.BirdsofNebraska.org
Birds of Nebraska – Online
Updated 10 Oct 2023