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Bird Sightings : Hebrides : Curlew Sandpiper

Hebrides bird sightings -  Curlew Sandpiper
Left bird is a juvenile Curlew Sandpiper, other birds juvenile Dunlins

Curlew Sandpiper

Calididris ferruginea

Photography © Martin Scott
Isle of lewis - Outer Hebrides (Western Isles)
14th September, 2008

"A sprinkling of Curlew Sandpipers around Lewis today - here is a comparison shot with the more familiar Dunlin"

Our Curlew Sandpiper photographs

Curlew Sandpiper
Curlew Sandpiper
Curlew Sandpiper
Breeding adult
May
Curlew Sandpiper
Juvenile with Dunlin
September

 

  • Curlew Sandpiper
  • Calidris ferruginea
  • UK: Scarce passage migrant, mostly seen August & September.
  • UK: 740 annual UK records BTO
  • WI: Scarce sometimes uncommon passage visitor (very small numbers each year)
  • Breeds: North Alaska, North Siberia
  • Winters: West Europe, South Asia, South Africa, Australia
  • Habitat: Tundra (migration boggy areas, mudflats, saltmarshes, shallow coastal lagoons)
  • Diet: Small invertebrates, snails, worms, flies
  • Like a dunlin. Differences: Slightly bigger. Feeds in slightly deeper water. In autumn looks paler, cleaner. Longer & more down-curved bill. Longer legs & neck. In flight bright white rump. Both birds have dark legs
    Winter: Pale grey above. White below. White eyestripe. Breeding: dark-grey below, deep chestnut above
    Juveniles: Grey & brown back. White belly. Peach-coloured breast. Gregarious, forms mixed species wader flocks (often with Dunlin)
  • Similar birds: Dunlin, Stilt Sandpiper (very rare - legs much longer & paler, has wing bar)

 

Curlew Sandpiper records in the Western Isles

Scarce sometimes uncommon passage visitor (very small numbers each year)
Source: Outer Hebrides Bird Report (2001)


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

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(Source: Outer Hebrides Birds Checklist)

 

 

 

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