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Common Name:Sandpiper, Spotted
Scientific Name:Actitis macularia
Area:Umpqua River - Tyee Recreation Site, Oregon
Date:May 15, 2012

Teetering back and forth will be your first clue on this sandpiper. Normally you will see it alone not in a group as you would sandpipers on the beach. The spotted plumage is only during the breeding season. The third photo below shows the non-breading plumage without spots, the second photo shows the in between plumage. The fourth photo shows a male nesting.

Lake Havasu State Park, Arizona - - - January 10, 2012

Santee Lakes - Santee, California --- December 19, 2010

Willamette Mission State Park, Oregon - - - July 21, 2014

Reference:Western Birds by Peterson / The Sibley Guide to Birds by Sibley / Birds of the Willamette Valley Region by Nehls, Aversa, & Opperman / Kaufman Field Guide to Birds of North America by Kaufman