The Spotted Sandpipers living along the south and west shores of the North Basin are now showing some spots, if this individual is representative. That’s actually a bit odd, because the spots indicate that a bird is getting ready to breed, or is breeding already, according to bird experts. Breeding usually occurs in summer, and here we are on the threshold of winter. Well, these birds probably didn’t get the memo.
I most recently posted about this bird about a month ago, noting the absence of spots. See http://chavezpark.org/spotless-sandpiper/ To read more about these common birds with their uncommon gender roles, see also: