Sheboygan


The Semipalmated Sandpiper was photographed at North Point on Lake Michigan in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

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The Semipalmated Sandpiper is plain in appearance with gray above, a white belly, and a short black bill and black legs. It has a range and breeds in the North America Artic. It is known to make a nonstop 2000 mile flight from eastern Canada to the South American coast at migration. It has a habitat along beaches, mudflats, and tundra along lakes and the coast. The diet is mostly ting aquatic insects and crustaceans. The sparrow-sized Sandpipers are known as “peeps”.

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The Dunlin was photographed at North Point in Sheboygan, Wisconsin on Lake Michigan.

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The Dunlin is rusty red in the summer above with a black patch across the belly, and with a longish droop-tipped bill. In the winter is gray-brown on the top with a grayish wash across the breast. It is in the Sandpiper family. When feeding the bird’s posture is hunched. It has a range around the artic: circumpolar. In the winter it can be found around the coasts of the United States to Mexico. Its diet is mostly insects on the tundra, and other invertebrates on the coasts. It has a habitat of tidal flats, beaches, muddy pools, and wet tundra.