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 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 10 records from neighboring states; the seven Iowa records include the only regional spring record and one of few for interior North America, documented by B.J. Rose in Fremont Co 15 May 1994; the other six Iowa records are in the period 25 Sep-10 Nov (Kent and Dinsmore 1996, Iowa Ornithologists’ Union 2017). The three additional regional records include two from Colorado 4-28 Oct (CBRC 2017), and one for Wyoming 24 Oct 1975 (Faulkner 2010), possibly the same bird that was found in Colorado two days later.
CBRC: Colorado Bird Records Committee
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.
Colorado Bird Records Committee [CBRC]. 2017. Sharp-tailed 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. Anna Hummingbird records. Iowa Records Committee reports of Iowa rare bird records, accessed 21 February 2018.
Kent, T.H., and J.J. Dinsmore. 1996. Birds in Iowa. Publshed by the authors, Iowa City and Ames, Iowa, USA.
Kovanda, S., and J. Kovanda. 1986. Sharp-tailed Sandpiper. NBR 54: 70.
Silcock, W.R., and J.G. Jorgensen. 2018. Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (Calidris acuminata), Version 1.0. In Birds of Nebraska — Online. www.BirdsofNebraska.org