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GAP Analysis Predicted Distribution Map

Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularia)

Species Code: ACMA

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= Core Habitat
= Marginal Habitat

Breeding Range Map
The green area shows the predicted habitats for breeding only. The habitats were identified using 1991 satellite imagery, Breeding Bird Atlas (BBA), other datasets and experts throughout the state, as part of the Washington Gap Analysis Project. Habitats used during non-breeding months and migratory rest-stops were not mapped.

Metadata (Data about data or how the map was made)

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Other maps & Information:
  • Breeding Bird Atlas
  • NatureMapping observations
    during breeding season
  • NatureMapping observations
    throughout the year

This species is common and widespread in most freshwater habitats nearly throughout the state at low and moderate elevations; it is becoming uncommon to rare at higher elevation sites.

Good habitat in the core areas of use included all freshwater bodies and wetlands in all zones.

Few birds are as widespread as the Spotted Sandpiper. They occur from sea level along the coast and from the Potholes area in the central Columbia Basin up to the Alpine/Parkland lakes along the Cascade crest, though they are much less common at high elevation sites. Very high elevation nests have been noted at 5750 feet on Mount Rainier at Mystic Lake. In Washington, Breeding Bird Survey data show significant population increases of 4.2% per year from 1966 to 1991.

Translated from the Washington Gap Analysis Bird Volume by Uchenna Bright
Text edited by Gussie Litwer
Webpage designed by Dave Lester