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Spotted Sandpiper

Tringa macularia

The Spotted Sandpiper winters in Southern California, but breeds a bit further to the north, and over most of the rest of the North American continent. Winters are spent anywhere from southern USA south to northern Argentina.

There are a couple of readily identifiable traits in this species. One is their bouncing gate when walking on a foraging campaign. They are reminiscent of dippers and pipits when so engaged. The other trait is their downward slanted wings when in flight, especially when gliding in for a landing.

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