Brock’s Shorebirds of Indiana

Shorebirds represent a diverse set of often long-distance migrant birds who’s ID can be as challenging as finding them. Indiana isn’t always thought of as a destination to watch shorebirds, however the may mudflats, shallow waters, sandy beaches, and rocky shorelines provides for a host of habitat for both breeding and migrating shorebird species.

Charles Keller revolutionized what we know about shorebird migration in Indiana in his marvelous 1957/58 shorebird articles. Charlie integrated a thorough literature search with sparse local records. Today, 60+ years later Dr. Kenneth Brock has compiled the most extensive update on our nearly 50 shorebird species that have been seen in Indiana. Each species includes exhaustive data on their migration timing, abundance, and distribution around the state.

Willet by Ryan Sanderson.

Brock’s Shorebirds of Indiana supplement is a great addition to his previous published Birds of Indiana and Birds of Indiana Dunes. Each shorebird species file is linked below and made available by Ken for all Indiana Audubon members.

Format Explanations

Species Accounts:
Black-necked stilt, Himantopus mexicanus
American avocet, Recurvirostra americana
Black-bellied plover, Pluvialis squatarola
American golden-plover, Pluvialis dominica
Killdeer, Charadrius vociferus
Semipalmated plover, Charadrius semipalmatus
Piping plover, Charadrius melodus
Lesser sand-plover, Charadrius mongolus (R)
Wilson’s plover, Charadrius wilsonia (R)
Snowy plover, Charadrius nivosus (R)
Mountain plover, Charadrius montanus (R)
Upland sandpiper, Bartramia longicauda
Whimbrel, Numenius phaeopus (R)
Eskimo curlew, Numenius borealis (X)
Long-billed curlew, Numenius americanus (R)
Black-tailed godwit, Limosa limosa (R)
Hudsonian godwit, Limosa haemastica
Marbled godwit, Limosa fedoa
Ruddy turnstone, Arenaria interpres
Red knot, Calidris canutus (R)
Ruff, Calidris pugnax (R)
Sharp-tailed sandpiper, Calidris acuminata (R)
Stilt sandpiper, Calidris himantopus
Curlew sandpiper, Calidris ferruginea (R)
Red-necked stint, Calidris ruficollis (R)
Sanderling, Calidris alba
Dunlin, Calidris alpina
Purple sandpiper, Calidris maritima (R)
Baird’s sandpiper, Calidris bairdii
Least sandpiper, Calidris minutilla
White-rumped sandpiper, Calidris fuscicollis
Buff-breasted sandpiper, Calidris subruficollis
Pectoral sandpiper, Calidris melanotos
Semipalmated sandpiper, Calidris pusilla
Western sandpiper, Calidris mauri
Short-billed dowitcher, Limnodromus griseus
Long-billed dowitcher, Limnodromus scolopaceus
American woodcock, Scolopax minor
Wilson’s snipe, Gallinago delicata
Spotted sandpiper, Actitis macularius
Solitary sandpiper, Tringa solitaria
Wandering tattler, Tringa incana (R)
Lesser yellowlegs, Tringa flavipes
Willet, Tringa semipalmata
Spotted redshank, Tringa erythropus (R)
Greater yellowlegs, Tringa melanoleuca
Wilson’s phalarope, Phalaropus tricolor
Red-necked phalarope, Phalaropus lobatus
Red phalarope, Phalaropus fulicarius (R)

Cover Photo: Semipalmated Sandpiper by Ryan Sanderson.


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