Breeds in relatively open, dry tundra north of treeline (Armstrong 1995). At Prudhoe Bay, breeds in wet poorly drained wetlands in association with low ridges and incompletely formed polygynal terrain (Troy, personal communication in Klima and Jehl 1998). Nests in sedge tundra near water, often near wooded borders of the taiga (AOU 1983), on the ground in a shallow scrape, often on a slightly raised site (e.g., atop small sedge hummock or on low well-drained gravel ridge crossing sedge meadow).
AOU. 1983. Check-list of North American birds. 6th ed.American Ornithologists’ Union, Washington D. C.
Armstrong, R. H. 1995. Guide to the birds of Alaska, 4th ed. Alaska Northwest Books, Anchorage, AK. 322 pp.
Klima, J. and J. R. Jehl. 1998. Stilt Sandpiper (Calidris himantopus). In The Birds of North America, No.341 (A. Poole and F. Gill, Eds.). Philadelphia: The Academy of Natural Sciences; Washington, D.C.: The American Ornithologists’ Union.