The Spotted Sandpiper runs along river’s edge, stopping to teeter up and down every few steps, and whistling as if calling your dog “wheet, wheet, wheet”.
This morning we saw several adults:
and some juveniles. Juveniles do not have spots and have a “fluffy” appearance plus they have a white line over the eye and a dusky smudge enclosing a white wedge near the shoulder.
Small summer insects chirp amid the blades
That rattle with a sharp metallic sound,
And clover, like a group of modest maids,
Empurples yonder patch of meadow ground. – James Berry Bensel (1856–86)