Loess Hills Audubon Society exists to educate individuals and the general public, to
enjoy and promote birding, to support ornithology, and to be an advocate for wild areas and environmental issues.
"Loess Hills Audubon Society is a Chapter of National Audubon Society, Inc."
Last Month's Bird Of The Month
A shorebird of grasslands, not shores, the Upland Sandpiper inhabits native prairie
and other open grassy areas in North America. Once abundant in the Great Plains, it has undergone steady population declines
since the mid-19th century, because of hunting and loss of habitat. Food includes mostly insects, including weevils and other
beetles, grasshoppers, and crickets and also some weed seeds. Often lands on fence posts raising its wings after landing.
Song a long series of mellow notes, starting with a gurgling rising trill and ending with a long descending whistle; final
whistle sounds to some like a "wolf-whistle." Flight call is a bubbling "quip-ip-ip-ip-ip-ip-ip-ip." Begins southward migration
unusually early, beginning in mid-July. It spends up to eight months of the year in its winter home in South America, during
the austral summer. Can be found locally in areas around Owego Wetlands and Sgt. Bluff Sod Farm.