Migratory Birds of the Great Lakes University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute
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The migratory Spotted Sandpiper is a common summer resident of the Great Lakes region, and are highly adaptable to a variety of wetland habitats. These birds may breed in a variety of habitats, including grassland, forest, and park, but their territories must include some shoreline, where they walk and wade in search of prey. In particular, watch for Spotted Sandpipers along the beaches and shores of ponds, inland lakes, marshes, rivers, streams, sewage ponds, seasonal pools and the Great Lakes. Small islands are common residence sites. These birds usually forage along shorelines for insects of all kinds, small crustaceans and young fish.