barred. In fall and winter, gray-chested, with no barring. Bobs and teeters like the Spotted Sandpiper.
Listen to the sound of Wandering Tattler
Copyright remark: Most sounds derived from xeno-canto
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or breakwaters. Occasionally feeds on nearby mudflats or sand beaches. In breeding season, found along rocky or gravelly streams in northern mountains.
Nest: Site is on ground among rocks or gravel near mountain stream. Nest is shallow depression; may be unlined, or may have substantial lining of small twigs, rootlets, and dry leaves.
Eggs: Usually 4. Olive to green, heavily blotched with brown. Incubation is by both parents, about 23-25 days. The incubating adult may sit motionless on the nest even when approached very closely.
Young: Downy young leave nest soon after hatching. Both parents tend the young at first, but after 1-
2 weeks usually only one adult is present. Young feed themselves, following parents along edge of stream; young can swim well even when small. Age at first flight not well known.
On northern breeding grounds, feeds on insects, including flies, beetles, and caddisflies, also amphipods and small mollusks. During migration and in winter, eats a variety of mollusks, marine worms, crabs and other crustaceans, and other invertebrates.
Behavior: Forages more actively than other shoreb
irds of rocky coasts, moving about quickly over rocks, picking items from surface. Also probes among rocks or in mats of algae. On breeding grounds, forages by walking or wading along mountain streams.
Mostly a long-distance migrant. Some winter along our Pacific Coast, but many go as far as Australia, in series of long flights across Pacific. Small numbers also winter along South American west coast.