June 09, 2006

We have a spotted sandpiper nesting in the dunes near our cottage.

While being careful not to get too close to the nest, I was able to pictures of the eggs and later the hatchlings.

The parent bird did a broken wing routine in an effort to draw me away. I knew killdeers did this but I wasn’t aware other ground nesters did the same thing.

I’ll wait three or four days before going back to the area for more photos. Perhaps I can get photos just before they leave the nest.

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