Spotty on the Dock!

This morning it was cool and foggy at Crane Lake. The temperature actually dipped down into the 30s! It was 39 this morning when the sun was coming up.

Spotted Sandpiper

Spotted Sandpiper

And that’s when I saw a Spotted Sandpiper down on the dock. These little shorebirds are affectionately referred to as a “Spotty”. This bird has molted out of its’ breeding plumage, or else it is a juvenile, because the conspicuous spots of a breeding plumaged bird gives the Sandpiper its’ name. They’re only spotted in the Spring of the year.

Spotted Sandpipers are pretty easy to identify at any time of the year because of the constant pumping they do with their body. Some of the other shorebirds do the pumping thing too, but the Spotty seems to do it all the time.

Spotted Sandpiper

Spotted Sandpiper

 

 

 

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