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Spotted Sandpiper

Photo of the Week (May 10th, 2020)

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One of my favorite species, the Spotted Sandpiper. They're just fun to watch! You most often see them in two modes: 1) walking along a shoreline, stopping and bobbing their tail periodically, or 2) a bird that's flushed and taking flight, with a distinctive flight pattern of very rapid, shallow wingbeats. They are a species that will stick around southeastern South Dakota and breed here, but I don't have all that many photos of them. I was glad to get the photo below from Lake Lakota, at Newton Hills State Park in Lincoln County, South Dakota (taken May 10th, 2020).

Spotted Sandpiper - Actitis macularius

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