Field Guide to Jetty Island

July 10, 2011
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Spotted sandpiper Actitis macularia This little brown shore bird sports distinct round spots. Maybe its most distinctive trait is the constant bob of its rear end as it walks. It's not clear why the bird bobs but chicks begin nearly as soon as they hatch from the egg. Another unusual trait: the female sandpiper — instead of the male — establishes and defends the territory. Spot along the island's shores and at the lagoon. (Annie Mulligan / For The Herald)

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