Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Spotted Sandpiper

This photo above serves to illustrates well the family that Spotted Sandpipers belong to: Shorebirds. Found in open view along the rocky shore this Spotted Sandpiper, while foraging for food, had found a worm. This 'spotted' sandpiper takes it name from the spots displayed on its breast during its adult breeding stage. The spots will disappear during its non-breeding stage and by the end of the summer this Spotted Sandpiper will display a clear white breast.


Mary said...

Glad to have you back! What a pretty bird! It must get confusing when identifying them, if they keep changing their spots. That last picture is interesting....like its neck is puffed out or something? Great post...worth waiting for.

Stacey Huston said...

beautiful birds... they are so fun to watch...

Mike - Fenphotography said...

Lovely shots, I'm a big fan of waders and see birds, I'm hoping to see some puffins on the weekend on the east coast (UK) fingers crossed.

Sandpiper said...

Beautiful birds. Nice to see you posting again! You were missed.

me and my camera said...

The confusion of the changing of the spots isn't an issue here for this is the only little sandpiper we have along our river.

Glad that you enjoyed.

Good luck with seeing some Puffins!

Now why did I think of you when I posted this :-)