Posted by Edwin Bowe on November 18, 2021 at 7:07 pm
Location: Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel Island, FL
Nonbreeding spotted sandpipers do not have the spots on the breast that give the bird its name. Instead, as shown in this image, immature and nonbreeding birds have a white breast with a bit of brown spilling over from the back. The solid brown back helps distinguish spotted sandpipers from least sandpipers (which have an intricate pattern on the back) and from solitary sandpipers (which appear to have white spots on the back).