Ponchartrain Lakefront, Mandeville, LA
28 November, 2013
Juvenile individual. Juvenile shows dark scaling and barring on brown upper parts. Grayish brown on sides of neck. White eye ring.
The Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius syn. Actitis macularia) is a small shorebird, 18–20 cm long. Together with its sister species, the Common Sandpiper (A. hypoleucos) they make up the genus Actitis. They replace each other geographically; stray birds may settle down with breeders of the other species and hybridize.