Spotted Sandpiper

The Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius) is a medium-sized shorebird that is fairly common near both fresh and salt water across BC during summer. Some stay year-round on the South Coast. They are ground nesters and build loose nests out of rocks, sticks and dried vegetation. Like some other shorebirds the parents will fake a broken wing in order to drive predators away from the nest. They are fairly easy to distinguish from other sandpipers, which can be very hard to identify. The adults have dark brown backs and heads and have white chests with spots. They have a white stripe through their eye and an orange-reddish bill.