Spotted Sandpiper

Spotted Sandpiper is a small shorebird found along fresh water. It nests on the ground. Interestingly, a female mates with different males during a breeding season and she leaves egg incubation to them.

How to Identify?

Although the different sandpipers’ species are difficult to identify, for the Spotted Sandpiper, I look if the whole breast and belly have grey or brownish spots [breeding season]. The beak is yellowish with a dark tip.

We combine physical characterics and behavior patterns with location and seasonal aspects to identify species.

Where & When to Spot?

I only saw a Spotted Sandpiper once, foraging along a small pond in between Technopark and Airport in Montreal. Unfortunately, these ponds have been dried out by the landlord.

With each photo, we store date and geo-location providing us data about location and season of observation. We also use a tracking utility to save observations in the field when there was no opportunity to take a good shot.

References & Links

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Common Names

Drosseluferläufer [de]
Spotted Sandpiper [en]
Andarríos maculado, Playero manchado [es]
Chevalier grivelé [fr]

Source: Wikipedia

Scientific Name

Actitis macularius


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