Spotted Sandpipers

The Spotted Sandpiper is the most widespread breeding sandpiper in North America.  They migrate to the entire lower portion across the United States for the winter.

Spotted Sandpipers visit daily right in front of our camp site on the boat docks along the Barron River at dawn and dusk.

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Spotted Sandpiper


The Spotted Sandpipers presently lack their bold spots that appear during breeding season.


Spotted Sandpipers


These medium-sized shorebirds will soon be migrating back north.  Until then, I’ll continue to enjoy watching them, scurrying along, bobbing those tails!



34 thoughts on “Spotted Sandpipers

  1. Lovely shots…I especially love that first one. What a beautiful bird. I know next to nothing about sandpipers, but was delighted to see a Solitary Sandpiper recently in a marsh sanctuary near me. ☺️

    • Thank you, Eliza! Yes, always a treat! A few years ago, I was surprised to see one at a small lake near the Grand Canyon during breeding season, sporting all those spots. 🙂

  2. Love spotties. They get around, I think I’ve seen them on my last two trips afar. Looking forward to seeing one or two locally again. Love the set!

  3. Wonderful photos Donna, and I can’t think of a better place to be than sitting on a beach watching the many shorebirds.

    • Thank you, Susan! I’m not sitting on a beach but in my chair at my campsite alongside the river. The docks are directly in front of us. 🙂 But I do love sitting on the beach too!!

    • Thank you, Takami, I really love that first shot too, probably my ‘best’ to date from over the years. Thanks for also sharing the link on the Common Sandpiper, they are quite similar-looking! And, yes, both are lovely for sure. 😊

  4. Lovely shots Donna! We don’t see Sandpipers much near us, usually only Sharp-tailed. There are just so many varieties of Sandpiper, I find them one of the most difficult birds to determine specie.

    • Thank you, Ashley! We have at least ten varieties, and I agree, they are difficult to ID. Many of ours are U.S. location specific which ‘helps’ if you’re nowhere near that location and see a sandpiper. But, then there’s the few migrators that change that all up! 🙂

  5. I enjoy watching these ones with their bobbing tails. I see they have the telltale curve of white in front of the wings. Nice to see and they look like they have come quite close-not shy at all!

    • Thank you, Jane! They were at least 30-40 feet away, they were funny when one would past me on the dock, running, stopping, bobbing, running, stopping, bobbing, until it made it past me. Cuties! 🙂

  6. I love the shadow on the ground in the first shot. Almost like he’s posing and thinking, “Does this make my beak look smaller?”!!! Cute little birds. They pop up for short visits in my birding patch here in Georgia from time to time. William — “What a wildly wonderful world, God! You made it all, with Wisdom at Your side, made earth overflow with your wonderful creations.” Psalms 104 The Message

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