Shorebirds - Ryan Taylor

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Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius)

Dominick Lofino Park, Beavercreek, Ohio

"Vision is the art of seeing things invisible." - Jonathon Swift

Some sandpipers and plovers can be really quiet when moving along the sandbars of ponds. This Spotted Sandpiper unassumingly got my attention after noticing its' smallness. This must be why they get their title and name the little "Spotty." Another humerous characteristic is that they bob their rear half up and down while walking along the shore, almost like a teetering motion. You will only likely see these Spotty's alone, very rarely do they come together in flocks.

This particular day had a variety of spring birds, including Mallard ducklings, Great Blue Herons and various Geese. The most widespread breeding sandpiper, this Spotty was sitting off to the edge of the pond. The oldest known Spotted Sandpiper was recorded in New York, being 12 years old.

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