Spotted Sandpiper

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I’ve seen Spotted Sandpipers several times on the docks and bulkheads along Barron River.

It’s hard to work with the ugliness of docks, and I finally felt lucky with this photogenic opportunity.

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Spotted Sandpiper

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The Spotted Sandpiper’s name insinuates it has spots, but where are they?

The above Spotted Sandpiper is in nonbreeding plumage, so it lacks its spots.

For comparison, below is a Spotted Sandpiper in breeding plumage I took last Spring.

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Spotted Sandpiper (breeding plumage)

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