Spotted Sandpiper

Actitis macularia

The Spotted Sandpiper is a widespread breeder across Alaska, south of the Brooks Range and excluding the Seward Peninsula. As such, it is somewhat surprising that there is only one record of this species from the Bering Sea outposts, in Saint Paul on May 31, 1989. In spring this species is the only species of shorebird with extensive spotting across the breast and belly. The close relative of Spotted Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, has also occurred on Saint Paul. Although neither species has been recorded in the Pribilofs in fall, the separation of juveniles of these two species is somewhat difficult. Look at the tertials, which are white barred in Common and clean brown on Spotted, and at the tail extension past the wing (longer in Common Sandpiper). The sole record of Spotted Sandpiper came from Zapadnie Beach.