July 19, 2015 – Spotted Redshank (Tringa erythropus)

Requested by: derbytup

These large sandpipers breed in northern Europe and Asia and winter in parts of Europe, Africa, China, and Southeast Asia. They are occasionally seen as rare vagrants in North America and Australia. Hunting along muddy shores, they eat small invertebrates, crabs, and fish fry. A pale grayish pattern most of the year, adults molt into their black breeding plumage for several weeks during the summer. They nest on the ground in open areas, laying four eggs in a scrape.