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Bird Sightings : Hebrides : Semipalmated Sandpiper

 

 

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Semipalmated Sandpiper

Calidris pusilla

 

  • Semipalmated Sandpiper
  • Calidris pusilla
  • UK: Scarce but regular visitor. A couple of records every year, mostly Aug-Oct. (75 records 1958-2005) BTO
    WI: Very rare (five or less records) one in 2008
  • Breeds: Southern tundra (Arctic North America, Canada). Nest is scrape on ground. (Male makes several, female chooses one & adds grass lining). Both incubate the eggs. Then female leaves the young to forage with male.
  • Winters: Migrates in large flocks. Coastal South America, Mexico. (On migration found on coastal, wet meadows)
  • Diet: Forages (saltwater & freshwater) mudflats, sometimes also on land. Mostly aquatic insects, worms, crustaceans.
  • Shorebird. Adult black legs. Short straight, stout dark bill. Body dark grey-brown above, white below. Head & neck light grey-brownish.

 

 

BBRC records 1950 - 2006
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1, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 2, 0,
2, 0, 4, 1, 3, 1, 4, 0, 2, 4,
2, 0, 3, 4, 2, 2, 4, 1, 1, 15,
2, 3, 3, 4, 2, 1, 4,

 

 

Semipalmated Sandpiper in the Western Isles

Very rare (five or less records)
There was a Semipalmated Sandpiper at Balranald Nature Reserve in North Uist in July 2008.

 

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

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