Handed the camera to a young friend with a steady hand to take this photo. Posted a year ago.
Spotted Sandpiper on a rock in the Pecos River, Cowles, New Mexico
I had to contact a New Mexico ornithologist to get the name of this bird. Evidently it can live up high in a river, males look after chicks and they like dense vegetation to hide their chicks (the vegetation is dense along the river). Here's a bit about the bird from The Cornell Lab of Ornithology: "Spotted Sandpipers are the most widespread sandpiper in North America, and they are common near most kinds of freshwater, including rivers and streams, as well as near the sea coast. Their range includes water bodies in otherwise arid parts of the continent, and it extends into the mountains, where they may occur upwards of 14,000 feet above sea level. Breeding territories generally need to have a shoreline, a semiopen area where the nest will be, and patches of dense vegetation for sheltering the chicks. Spotted Sandpipers spend the winter along the coasts of North America or on beaches, mangroves, rainforest, and cloud forest up to 6,000 feet elevation in Central and South America." .
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