Nests in dry coastal and alpine tundra (AOU 1983); favors well-drained, often stony ridges, low mountaintops, river terraces, coastal barrens and bluffs (Johnson and Herter 1989). Nests under a grass tuft or among rocks. Avoids wet sedge meadows (Myers et al. 1982). On the Seward Peninsula nests in alpine habitats, slopes, and terraces (Kessel 1989).
AOU. 1983. Check-list of North American birds. 6th ed.American Ornithologists’ Union, Washington D. C.
Johnson, S. R. and D. R. Herter. 1989. The Birds of the Beaufort Sea. BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc., Anchorage, AK. 372 pp.
Kessel, B. 1989. Birds of the Seward Peninsula, Alaska: their biogeography, seasonality, and natural history. Univ. of Alaska Press, Fairbanks, AK. 330 pp.
Myers, J. P., O. Hilden, and P. Tomkovich. 1982. Exotic Calidris species of the Siberian tundra. Ornis Fenn. 59:175-182.