Even though it is a sandpiper the solitary sandpiper does not seem to follow many of the rules that we associate with shorebirds. First off, most shorebirds prefer shore habitat with very little vegetation but the solitary sandpiper does not seem to mind pools, lakes, ponds or rivers with vegetation on the shores. Solitary sandpipers are also one of only two sandpipers that nest in the trees, instead of on the ground like most other shorebirds. Finally solitary sandpipers usually migrate alone or in small groups unlike other shorebirds that typically migrate in larger flocks. However I do not believe that being different is a good reason for being solitary.