In B.C., breeds almost anywhere there is freshwater, including along the perimeter of lakes and rivers, coastal grassy beaches, man-made clearings, and roadsides. Typical breeding habitat is the edge of an open or semi- open area adjacent to water, with low ground cover, such as shrub-dotted or lightly treed meadows or grassland. Prefers shores with rocks, wood, or debris (NatureServe 2007b). Found at sea level on open beaches to 1,800 m in sub-alpine meadows of B.C. (Campbell et al. 1990).
Campbell, R. W., N. K. Dawe, I. McTaggart-Cowan, J. M. Cooper, G. W. Kaiser, and M. C. E. McNall. 1990. The Birds of British Columbia. Vol. 1 and 2, Nonpasserines. UBC Press, Vancouver, B.C.
NatureServe. 2007b. NatureServe Explorer: An online encyclopedia of life [web application]. Version 6.2. NatureServe, Arlington, Virginia. Available http://www.natureserve.org/explorer.