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Birding Colorado Springs: Shorebirds

Birds commonly seen in Colorado Springs and surrounding areas.


Sandpipers and similar birds which typically forage along the shoreline of bodies of water. However, some species may spend at least part of the year away from large sources of water.

Spotted Sandpiper
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  • Exhibits a characteristic bobbing motion
  • Common and widespread, seen individually on the shore of any freshwater body
  • Some populations are known to be polyandrous: females establish the larger territories and breed with several males, laying eggs in each male's nest.

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  • Has double collar, red eye ring and reddish-brown rump
  • This plover is equally at home on shorelines or away from water on flat land in rural or suburban areas
  • Nests on ground; pretends to have broken wing in order to draw predators away from the nest

American Avocet
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  • Fond of wetlands; can also be seen on shores of ponds and lakes
  • Long, slender, upturned bill may be invisible in the distance, making it look as if bird has no beak
  • Eats aquatic insects