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Spotted Sandpiper

Spotted Sandpiper

Actitis macularia

The most widespread breeding sandpiper in North America. Found in ponds and streams, especially on rocky shores and steep banks. Usually solitary. The female Spotted Sandpiper is the one who establishes and defends the territory. She arrives at the breeding grounds earlier than the male. In other species of migratory birds, where the male establishes the territory, he arrives earlier.