Bird Sightings : Hebrides : Baird's Sandpiper
Photograph © Andy Robinson
Borve - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides (Western Isles)
"A few more american waders around at the weeeknd - Buff-Breasted sandpiper at
the butt of lewis with an American Golden plover also there on Saturday. And a
Bairds sandpiper at Borve beach...
Just working on your pics and realised you got a Buff-breasted Sandpiper AND
American Golden Plover in the same shot!!
That was a very good day...
"Yep it was - I'd bumped into Tristan and we were approaching the pool near the
ligthhouse which I saying had the most potential when hey presto up they
- Only 4 UK records annually
- WI: Rare visitor (five or less records) TBC
- Breeds: Northern tundra - East Siberia to West Greenland
- Winters: South America
- Habitat Coastal & Alpine tundra (migration mudflats, grazing land)
- Diet mostly insects, small crustaceans
- BTO site says a Baird's Sandpiper lays a clutch of eggs that is up to 120% of her body mass in four days...
- May be hybriding with white-rumped sandpiper
See the Surfbirds online guide to identification of long-winged peeps
Baird's Sandpiper records in the Western Isles
Rare visitor (five or less records) TBC
The chart below shows how abundant the bird is during a month or when you are more likely to see it.
(Source: Outer Hebrides Birds Checklist)
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