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Bird Sightings : Hebrides : Curlew Sandpiper

Hebrides bird sightings -  Curlew Sandpiper
Adult Curlew Sandpiper in breeding plumage

Curlew Sandpiper

Calididris ferruginea

Photography © Debbie Bozkurt
Loch Paible - North Uist - Outer Hebrides (Western Isles)
27 May 2007


Our Curlew Sandpiper photographs

Curlew Sandpiper
Curlew Sandpiper
Curlew Sandpiper
Breeding adult
Curlew Sandpiper
Juvenile with Dunlin


  • 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.















(Source: Outer Hebrides Birds Checklist)



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