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Spotted Sandpiper

Actitis macularius (Linnaeus, 1766)

Related taxa:
Partial list of sound recordings available from xeno-canto, macaulaylibrary.org & avocet.zoology.msu.edu.
Species name Recordist Date Location Remarks Cat.nr.
Spotted Sandpiper - Actitis macularius Nick Komar 2016-06-10 Fort Collins, Larimer County, Colorado, Larimer (United States) (1500 m) call, song -

North Shields Pond Natural Area, recovering gravil pit with numerous puddles and shallow pond. Recording high-pass filtered.

321384
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Spotted Sandpiper - Actitis macularius Bobby Wilcox 2016-06-27 Ravenal Ranch, Lyon County, Nevada, Nebraska (United States) (1700 m) alarm call, call -

Fairly certain this was an alarm type cal as the bird was pacing back and forth and seemed to be reacting to my proximity. About 20ft away along a rocky banked river, likely had a nest or young nearby. Amplified and high pass filter with Audacity.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

333584
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Spotted Sandpiper - Actitis macularius Nick Komar 2016-08-03 Prewitt Reservoir, Washington County, Colorado, Washington (United States) (1200 m) call, flight call -

bird-seen:no

playback-used:no

330062
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Spotted Sandpiper - Actitis macularius John V. Moore 2003-03-00 Guayas: Laguna El Canclón, Guayas & Santa Elena (Ecuador) (0 m) call -

Moore et al. 2013: Bird Sounds of Ecuador DVD Looped once

playback-used:no

257517
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Spotted Sandpiper - Actitis macularius Paul Marvin 2016-09-03 Gator Creek, Merritt Island NWR, Brevard County, Florida, Brevard (United States) (0 m) flight call -

flew as I walked by

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

334369
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Spotted Sandpiper - Actitis macularius Mike Nelson 2012-09-04 Rankin Bottoms, TWRA, White Pine, Tennessee, Cocke (United States) (300 m) song (A) - One of several seen here, this one in flight after flushing with a group of other shorebirds. bird-seen:yes playback-used:no 109328
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Spotted Sandpiper - Actitis macularius Dugan Maynard 2013-06-05 Wood Buffalo (near Fort McMurray), Division No. 16, Alberta, Fort McMurray (Canada) (260 m) song -

bird-seen:no

playback-used:no

154789
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Spotted Sandpiper - Actitis macularius JAYRSON ARAUJO DE OLIVEIRA 2018-12-28 Santa Rita do Novo Destino, Goiás, Chácara Jayrson, Goiás (Brazil) (500 m) flight call, song -

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

448472
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Spotted Sandpiper - Actitis macularius Mike Nelson 2012-09-04 Rankin Bottoms, TWRA, White Pine, Tennessee, Cocke (United States) (300 m) flight call (A) - Bird flushed from the waters edge. bird-seen:yes playback-used:no 109329
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Spotted Sandpiper - Actitis macularius Paul Marvin 2017-12-17 Estero Llano Grande SP, Weslaco, Hidalgo County, Texas, Hidalgo (United States) (20 m) flight call -

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

452792
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Spotted Sandpiper - Actitis macularius Mike Nelson 2012-09-04 Rankin Bottoms, TWRA, White Pine, Tennessee, Cocke (United States) (300 m) call (A) - Given by a bird that had just flown to the far bank next to the woods. bird-seen:yes playback-used:no 109327
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Spotted Sandpiper - Actitis macularius Antonio Xeira 2016-05-30 Glen Haven, Leelanau County, Michigan, Leelanau (United States) (180 m) call, flight call -

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

319718
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Spotted Sandpiper - Actitis macularius Elias Aristides Elias 2015-07-04 Petrolia, Humboldt County, California, Humboldt (United States) (0 m) alarm call -

This 11 second recording documents 14 alarm vocalizations of an adult Spotted Sandpiper. There appear to be two variants in this recording. The first type is a higher pitched squared-off note that peaks at approx 4.5kHz. The second type is a lower pitched smooth arch-shaped note which peaks at approx 3.5kHz. Both notes have a similarity to the call of a Pygmy Nuthatch. This vocalist was perched on driftwood on a beach. And was alert to and seemed agitated by my presence. There may have been eggs/young in the area but this bird did not perform a broken-wing act as I wandered around. However I did note a second Spotted Sandpiper silently scurry away. This is an unedited and unmodified recording of the natural spacing of this bird’s utterances.

This could be the call that the BNA calls the alarm call. The BNA account described it thus: Alarm Calls. Consist of weet weet and peet peet peet and are given on the ground or in flight. When flushed, typical call is an extended series of the same notes: tweet-weet-tweet-weet-weettweet-weet-weet-weet-weet (Smith 1914, Stone 1937, Knowles 1942). When alarmed by an intruder, call changes to metallic spink spink if chicks present (Stone 1937), a louder version of Pink Call (see below).

Additional details regarding context may be found at: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24148474

This recording was made with an iPhone 5s with stock microphone and Røde Rec application.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

255373
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Spotted Sandpiper - Actitis macularius John V. Moore 2003-11-00 Guayas: Salinas, Guayas & Santa Elena (Ecuador) (10 m) flight calls, calls from ground -

Moore et al. 2013: Bird Sounds of Ecuador DVD 3 birds at dusk

playback-used:no

257519
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Spotted Sandpiper - Actitis macularius JAYRSON ARAUJO DE OLIVEIRA 2018-02-21 Ipojuca, Pernambuco, Pernambuco (Brazil) (10 m) song -

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

415533
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Spotted Sandpiper - Actitis macularius William Whitehead 2019-06-10 Hawk Rise Sanctuary (near Linden), Union County, New Jersey, Union (United States) (0 m) alarm call -

Pee Pwee alarm call trying to draw me away from the nest.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

480225
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Spotted Sandpiper - Actitis macularius Paul Marvin 2017-12-19 Falcon State Park, Starr Co., TX, Starr (United States) (100 m) flight call -

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

453002
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Spotted Sandpiper - Actitis macularius Sue Riffe 2016-08-03 Prewitt Reservoir, Washington County, Colorado, Washington (United States) (1200 m) begging call, flight call -

Spotted Sandpiper was flying directly away along the shore line. Also on this recording is a juvenile Forster's Tern begging for food from an adult.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

332150
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Spotted Sandpiper - Actitis macularius Peter Boesman 2004-02-07 Sao Francisco do Conde, Bahia, Bahia (Brazil) (0 - 50 m) call -

ID certainty 100%. (Archiv. tape 309 side A track 23 seq. A)

218192
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Spotted Sandpiper - Actitis macularius Ed Pandolfino 2016-06-07 Alpine Meadows, Placer County, California, Placer (United States) (2100 m) alarm call, call, song -

A variety of song and calls from an interacting pair; using mostly terminology of Pieplow 2017: at 2 sec seems to be a 'pip series' of calls, in second section (8-10 sec) is typical song quickly followed by what Pieplow refers to as 'slower, burry song' and is called epigamic calls in the BNA account (after Heidemann & Orick 1976). I am not sure what to call the other calls (at 20 sec, third section; 23-24 sec last section); This all took place along the edges of a small retention basin just below the ski area; the background noise is from water flowing over a small check dam.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

444487
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Spotted Sandpiper - Actitis macularius Bernabe Lopez-Lanus 10-08-05 Acambuco, Salta, Argentina (Argentina) (? m) song (B) - From Birds Sounds of Southern South America by Lopez-Lanus (2008) 51888
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Spotted Sandpiper - Actitis macularius Manuel Grosselet 2015-07-28 Minatitlan, refineria de SAnta Alejandrina, Veracruz, Veracruz (Mexico) (40 m) flight call -

wildtronics, one Solitary sandpiper take off at the same time. I guess that is Spotted.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

264262
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Spotted Sandpiper - Actitis macularius Paul Marvin 2011-06-04 Libby Dam. Libby, Montana, Lincoln (United States) (800 m) call, song -

a couple of interacting birds on the shore below the dam

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

232637
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Spotted Sandpiper - Actitis macularius Martin St-Michel 2017-05-27 Baie-du-Febvre, Nicolet-Yamaska, Québec, Centre Bois-Francs: Nicolet-Yamaska (Canada) (10 m) flight call -

Habitat: freshwater marsh, field.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

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