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Bird Sightings : Hebrides : White-rumped Sandpiper

Hebrides Bird Sightings : White-rumped Sandpiper

White-rumped Sandpiper

Calidris fusicollis

Photograph © Andy Robinson
Loch Ordais - Lewis - Outer Hebrides (Western Isles)
8th October 2005


  • White-rumped Sandpiper
  • Calidris fuscicollis
  • UK: Scarce visitor.
  • UK: 8 records annually BTO
  • WI: Rare visitor (30 or less records)
  • Breeds: Northern tundra Arctic Islands, Alaska, Canada. Nests hidden in vegetation on ground
  • Winters : Northern South America
  • Habitat: Small pools, tundra (migration mudflats)
  • Diet: Forages probing mudflats/tundra and by sight in shallow water. Mostly insects, molluscs, worms (also some plant material)
  • Generally like a streamlined Dunlin. ID it by very long wings which protrude past tail tip (Only Baird's Sandpiper also has this). Adults black legs. Small thin, dark bill. Body dark brown above, mostly white below, breast has brown streaks. White rump. White stripe over eye. Winter plumage pale grey above. Pointed, (not rounded) feather patterns, White rump (Baird's is not white).
  • Similar birds: Dunlin, Little Stint, Baird’s Sandpiper

    See the Surfbirds online guide to identification of long-winged peeps



White-rumped Sandpiper records in the Western Isles

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

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















(Source: Outer Hebrides Birds Checklist)



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