Migratory Birds of the Great Lakes University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute
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Spotted Sandpiper, Actitis macularia

The next time you’re canoeing your favorite river, ease your boat over to the bank and paddle quietly downstream as you hug the shore. Before long, chances are good that you’ll startle a long-legged, robin-sized bird, which will burst from the shore in stiff-winged, quivering flight. This is the Spotted Sandpiper, the most widespread breeding sandpiper in North America.