While doing morning-walk in Keweenaw Penisula, Michigan; I found this juvenile bird wandering around looking for her mother !

Can someone spot which bird is it?

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  • $\begingroup$ I suspect that it is a nuthatcher. $\endgroup$
    – kaka
    Jul 5 '15 at 5:04
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    $\begingroup$ A shorebird, perhaps some kind of sandpiper - it's often difficult to ID between species in chicks because they look very similar. (Personally I also don't think you should have touched it, could have taken a photo with out interfering with it). $\endgroup$
    – rg255
    Jul 5 '15 at 10:07
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    $\begingroup$ Hard to identify a juvenile. $\endgroup$ Jul 6 '15 at 9:08

Based on the location and picture I believe this a Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularis) chick. Once they hatch, they are out of the nest, the one you are holding looks fairly small still, must have hatched recently.

You can find more information about them here.

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