Hi everyone! Well, here we are with another sandpiper today, the “spotted sandpiper”. I know, you’re wondering where his spots are, right? They are only spotted in the spring and summer, fall (when this pic was taken) and winter, then they look like this. And for some reason I never see them in the spring and summer. These are the most common sandpiper in N. America and can be found over nearly all of Canada and most of the US. They like to teeter back and forth while they walk or even just standing, a great way to identify them. Even the chicks do this teetering as soon as they hatch. These birds have their roles opposite to most birds, the female arrives first, establishes a territory and defends it. The male incubates the eggs and looks after the chicks, though sometimes the female will help look after them too. The female also often has up to 4 mates within her territory, all looking after her eggs in separate nests. The female usually lays 3 to 5 eggs in each nest. They feed mainly on insects, larvae, worms and sometimes small fish. They are very active, seldom standing still. Have a wonderful day everyone and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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