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Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius)
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Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius)
Spotted Sandpiper in typical summer plumage

General Description: Spotted Sandpipers (Actitis macularius) are small, short-legged shorebirds that winter in the Las Vegas area. In winter plumage, note the white crescent on the shoulder and the white eyeline. Behavior is a good field mark: spotties bob up and down while standing and walking, and they fly with stiff, shallow wing beats just above the water. In summer, spotties get spots on their otherwise white breast.

Taxonomy: Charadriiformes, Scolopacidae, Scolopacinae.

Favored Habitat: Edges of ponds, marshes, streams, lakes.

Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius)
Spotted Sandpiper in typical winter plumage

Where to Find: Around Las Vegas, look for this species around water, including urban ponds, the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve, the Pahranagat Valley, and the Overton Wildlife Management Area.

Comments: Around Las Vegas, Spotties breed on the edges of high-elevation lakes in Yosemite National Park and other places in the Sierra Nevada Mountain range.

Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius) If you were a tasty water bug or a little fly, this might be the last face you ever see!
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Spotties usually forage along the edge, not in the water
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High mountain breeding habitat for Spotted Sandpiper. Two juveniles retreated into these shrubs, possibly their nesting location.
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Adult Spotted Sandpiper in breeding habitat: a lake edge in the high country of Yosemite.
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Spotted Sandpiper feeding young in Yosemite National Park.
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Juvenile Spotted Sandpiper with downy plumage remaining
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Spotted Sandpiper in fall plumage
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Spotted Sandpiper in fall plumage
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Spotted Sandpiper in fall plumage
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Spotted Sandpiper in fall plumage
Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius) more to come ...
Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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