|A pair of spotted sandpiper tracks in mud. The tracks of spotted sandpipers show three toes facing forward and the hallux, or toe number one, facing backward. They differ from the tracks of killdeer because sandpipers show toe 1 and killdeer and plovers do not.|
|Nice clear examples of spotted sandpiper tracks in mud along the Eel River. The hallux, or toe one (the one that facea backward) is very clear in these tracks.|
|This is pretty neat spotted sandpiper sign. You see the tracks among some swirling marks on the ground. The swirls, I think, are the marks left by an earthworm. The hole to the left is the probe hole made by the sandpiper's beak. I think it pulled an earthworm out and that is what was wriggling around on the ground.|
|Spotted sandpiper tracks to the left. It also left a probe hole, which is a feeding sign.|
|Here are the tracks and probe holes left by a spotted sandpiper. Running across the moddle of the photo, you can also see the tracks left by mice.|
|I saw the sandpiper drop this scat and went over to take a photo of it.|
|A spotted sandpiper hunting along the algae-filled edge of the Eel River.|
|Spotted sandpiper among rocks on the river's edge.|
|This spotted sandpiper is alert for any food that might happen by.|
|The spotted sandpiper spends its time hunting the edge of the body of water. The rear end of the bird bobs up and down as it moves, which is kind of comical. I'm not sure that the ecological function is of the bobbing though.|
|You can see the foot of the spotted sandpiper in this photo.|
|The Eel River grows large amounts of algae near the end of each summer. It may be a good place to hunt since the spotted sandpipers like to hang out and watch for prey there.|
|An alert spotted sandpiper|
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