The spotted sandpiper (Actitis macularius) is a small shorebird. I was over the moon to be able to take these photos of the young Spotted Sandpiper swimming across the alpine creek because I’ve never had the opportunity to do so before. Bike accidents are no fun! A very, very Happy Thanksgiving…, How apt that your descriptive-of-2020 image is also a butt shot. Close to the water’s edge both chicks leapt towards the banks of the creek with their little wings flapping wildly. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Male Spotted Sandpiper watching his young – Nikon D500, f7.1, 1/400, ISO 500, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light. Once these young Spotted Sandpipers learn to fly they will cross the creek using their wings. Fortunately the backwoods are crowded these days! And can only say awwww at the chick. Really cool pics. What you said about storing sperm and being polygamous was interesting. Spotted Sandpipers eat midges, flies, mayflies, beetles, grasshoppers, snails, worms, tiny crustaceans and small fish. This family of Spotted Sandpipers were spotted at 3rd Lake in the Champion Lakes Provincial Park in … I had found this spotted sandpiper chick camouflaged on a path. Two days ago I wrote about Spotted Sandpiper chicks and shared a few photos of them that I had taken on the 28th of July high in the Wasatch Mountains. Ooh! Though the species can also be monogamous, this chick could have step brothers and sisters in the immediate area from the same mother (but raised by separate fathers). A while later I watched as a police pickup followed by a fire department pickup drove past with their lights flashing to give Troy (didn’t get his last name from his friend) the assistance he so badly needed. In breeding plumage they have bold dark spots on their chests and belly and orange bills, in nonbreeding plumage the spots are completely or nearly completely missing and the bills aren’t orange. Elk Lake, Oregon - YouTube We have American Robins that overwinter in the Niagara area.…, Love this, Mia! Spotted Sandpipers lay 3 to 5 eggs which take 19 to 22 days to hatch. Thank you for all your beautiful photos and interesting…, Nice couple and interesting information. There are exceptions to this where the female mates with only one male and does a little to help raise the young. Female Spotted Sandpipers mate with as many as four males and they can store sperm for up to a month internally so these chicks might not even be this male’s progeny. Great photo’s honey1. , https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCXuG57vV54, Fuzzy floofers!!! The female will establish and defend territories and lay eggs for as many as four different males, who are then left to incubate the eggs and rear the chicks themselves. For a bit the floofy Spotted Sandpiper chicks foraged on a small sandbar that became exposed when the water level dropped in the creek after spring runoff. …, I'm sure we all like the idea of 2020 being an anomaly....and…, Happy Thanksgiving! I can swim and would love to fly. Thanks Mia. I love the chick’s reflection in the water in the first pic. This photo is of the police and fire department/rescue squad pickups, I couldn’t see the ambulance from this point of view. This is footage of him while we were waiting to get the banding equipment ready. They are one of the most widespread sandpiper species in North America. They don’t seem to be natural swimmers, but making out. The Male Spotted Sandpiper incubates the eggs and takes care of the chicks. I’d remembered reading that even when cell signals are spotty that a person can still dial 911. Want to have an email notification land in your inbox right after I publish a post? See a picture of an adult Spotted Sandpiper and learn more about shorebird migration: Birds connect us with the joy and wonder of nature. So your story just fit right in with the things I have been learning! They don’t have their flying abilities down pat yet however they will be flying on those wings soon. This is called polyandry. Soooo cute! At least the little ones. 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A man named Troy had a bicycle accident in an area where cell signals are virtually non-existent and the friend he was riding with had said another woman had come by earlier who said she would drive until she got a signal for help but that it had been a while. We’d had a late cold snap for several days earlier in the breeding season and I was concerned that it had somehow affected the nesting success of the pair I knew was in the area. Chicks teeter nearly as soon as they hatch from the egg. Here in south Florida we have had…, Gnatcatchers, Kinglets, Dippers and Others, Mockingbirds, Thrashers, Catbirds, Starlings and Pipits, Waxwings, Longspurs and Silky-Flycatchers. On their breeding grounds they are almost always in close proximity to a freshwater shoreline which can be from lakes, rivers, creeks, ponds and coastal areas. Happy Thanksgiving to…, Love your photo - and your philosophy. Also learning a lot about the families. Glad you discovered them. For some reason, I haven’t seen your posts lately, but this is a good one. Spotted Sandpiper chick in an alpine creek – Nikon D500, f7.1, 1/640, ISO 500, -0.7 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light. Among them are teeter-peep, teeter-bob, jerk or perk bird, teeter-snipe, and tip-tail. I’d almost given up hope for seeing Spotted Sandpiper chicks at this location. So glad you were there for the cyclists! So the eggs that a male Spotted Sandpiper incubates and the chicks he rears may well not be genetically his. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. I’m sure Troy & his friend are grateful to you for calling 911 & getting help. The genus name Actitis is from Ancient Greek aktites, "coast-dweller", derived from akte, "coast", and macularius is Latin from macula, "spot". Glad that Troy got the help he needed. As for your timely assistance in finding help for the injured cyclist…remember we are not punished for all good deeds. They are so adorable! I never knew that Spotted Sandpipers could swim. Those chicks are so darn cute. Very cute, I forgot about their bouncing bottoms. Spotted Sandpiper chick at the water’s edge – Nikon D500, f7.1, 1/1000, ISO 500, -0.7 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light For a bit the floofy Spotted Sandpiper chicks foraged on a small sandbar that became exposed when the water level dropped in the creek after spring runoff. The female will establish and defend territories and lay eggs for as many as four different males, who are then left to incubate the eggs and rear the chicks themselves. In a few minutes that dispatcher called back and let me know that help was on the way. Spotted Sandpiper chick swimming across an alpine creek – Nikon D500, f7.1, 1/500, ISO 500, -0.3 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light. Found a nice video of the bouncing butts! Spotted Sandpiper chick swimming across an alpine creek – Nikon D500, f7.1, 1/500, ISO 500, -0.3 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light The young sandpiper waded into the water then used its little feet to paddle across the water until it could feel solid ground under its feet again. I’ve been caught out on backroads when my truck has died and had to walk out to where there was cell service a couple of times. Want to have an email notification land in your inbox right after I publish a post? Ooh! So far always someone has come to help me! Well they did swim across the creek but both of them had their backs to me as they paddled through the water. Thanks Mia. Yesterday morning the first birds I spotted in the high country of the Wasatch Mountains were two tiny, butt bouncing Spotted Sandpiper chicks foraging on their own. I can just imagine their bouncing butts! It doesn’t appear to matter one iota to the males of this species because they watch over the chicks carefully as they grow towards independence. Please do not share my images on Pinterest, Tumblr or other image sharing sites. Note: Both chicks swam across the creek a couple of times but I missed out on photographing all but this one instance because I was focused on photographing other birds at the time. . Thank you for all your beautiful photos and interesting…, Nice couple and interesting information.

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