Though gradually coming to a close, shorebird migration is still underway. After fattening up on insects and small aquatic invertebrates in the marsh here, this little Semipalmated Sandpiper will continue on its marathon journey to breeding grounds in the high Arctic. It will spend the summer there, defending its breeding territory and helping to raise three or four chicks over the season. In fall, this tiny shorebird reverses its journey, heading to South America to spend the colder months – at times, traveling over the ocean non-stop for up to 4,000 miles at a stretch. Not bad for a bird that weighs less than two ounces!
Fun Fact: This bird derives its common name from the short webbing between its toes (semipalmated means semi-webbed).
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