At 8:39 PM -0400 5/13/06, Terry Wright wrote:
>Looks like a spotted sandpiper in breeding plumage.  Any  seconds?

I got three e-mails suggesting this as well :)

Having looked at the details for the spotted sandpiper, I'm convinced 
everyone is right about this: not just from the visual, but from the 
description of its behavior when approached.  It did  -exactly- what 
eNature describes:

When flushed from the margin of a pond or stream, it is easily 
identified by its distinctive flight-short bursts of rapidly 
vibrating wingbeats alternating with brief glides.


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