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Bird Sightings : Hebrides : Buff-breasted Sandpiper

Hebrides Bird Sightings : American Golden Plover and Buff-breasted Sandpiper
Juvenile American Golden Plover on left, Buff-breasted Sandpiper on right

Buff-breasted Sandpiper (and American Golden Plover!)

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Tryngites subruficollis

Photograph © Andy Robinson
Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides (Western Isles)
September 2005

"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


  • Buff-breasted Sandpiper
  • Tryngites subruficollis
  • UK: Less than 20 records BTO
  • UK: Scarce visitor
  • WI: Rare visitor (less than 30 records)
  • Breeds: Northern Canada, Alaska
  • Winters: South America
  • Habitat is tundra, grazing land, machair, estuaries, golf courses, air fields, pools or mudflats on the sea shore - prefers dry or short grass...
  • Diet: mostly invertebrates, plant seeds
  • Dunlin sized wader
  • Black eye on plain face, pale eye ring
  • Legs mustard yellow


Buff-breasted Sandpiper records in the Western Isles

Rare visitor (less than 30 records)
Source: Outer Hebrides Bird Report (2001)


The chart below shows how abundant the Buff-breasted Sandpiper is during a month or when you are more likely to see it.
















(Source: Outer Hebrides Birds Checklist)




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