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Bird Sightings : Hebrides : Stilt Sandpiper

Bird Sightings : Stilt Sandpiper
See a larger version of this photograph of a juvenile Stlit Sandpiper (86kb)

Stilt Sandpiper

Calidris himantopus

Photograph © Martin Scott
Ardvule - South Uist - Outer Hebrides (Western Isles)
15th September, 2008


  • Stilt Sandpiper
  • Calidris himantopus
  • UK: 1958 -2004 just 20 records BTO
  • UK: Accidental
  • WI: Very rare visitor (less than 5 records). Not on the 2005 Outer Hebrides Birds Checklist
  • Breeds: Nests on the ground. lays 3-4 eggs. Open coasts. Arctic North America
  • Winters: Inland waters. Central & South America. Rare vagrant to W Europe
  • Habitat: Tundra (migration mudflats, flooded fields)
  • Slightly larger than Dunlin. Curved bill. Long wings. Long neck. White rump (back above tail). Pale stripe over eye (supercilium). Legs much longer & paler than Curlew Sandpiper's & no noticeable wing bar in flight.
    Breeding adult heavily barred below. Strong head pattern. Reddish patches above & below the pale eye stripe. Brown back feathers (dark centres).
    Winter bird grey above. White below.
    Juvenile resembles adult (brownish back). Not barred below. Back feathers have white fringes.
  • Diet: Forages muddy areas, picking up food by sight & probing. Mainly insects, other invertebrates, aquatic plant seeds
  • Similar birds: Curlew Sandpiper (legs much shorter & dark, no wing bar)


Stilt Sandpiper records in the Western Isles

Very rare visitor (less than 5 records)

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



















Not on the Outer Hebrides Birds Checklist



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