One of the most widespread
and common of the Sandpipers, the Spotted Sandpiper can be found teetering along
shorelines and riverbanks throughout the state. They are generally found singly,
very rarely in groups. It has a habit of constantly bobbing its rear end
up and down. Wintering grounds include the coastlines and
southern portions of the United States all the way through southern South
Habitat: Could be found in nearly any
aquatic habitat in the state.
Diet: Large numbers of insects, also
crustaceans, mollusks, small fish, earthworms, and occasionally carrion.
Behavior: Uses a wide variety of foraging
techniques, most often plucking food items from the water's surface or the
ground. Very seldom flocks with others of the species, usually found
alone or in pairs.
Nesting: June and July
Migration: Summers throughout much of the United
States and Canada. Winters along North American coasts, the extreme
southern United States, down through much of South America.
Conservation Status: Still widespread and common, but with
lesser numbers in recent decades.
Cornell Lab of Ornithology - Spotted Sandpiper
eNature.com - Spotted Sandpiper
Photo Information: May 26th, 2003 -- Minnehaha County
-- Terry Sohl
Additional Photos: Click on the image chips or
text links below for additional, higher-resolution Spotted Sandpiper photos.