Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos)
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos). Taken at Standlake Common, Oxon., on April 17th 2017.
Taken at Standlake Common, Oxon., on April 17th 2017.
(1/400th sec at f14. Click image for larger version)

© David Hastings


L: 18 - 21 cm; WS: 32 - 35 cm
A smallish wader with contrasting brown upper parts and white underparts.
It is widely found in western, northern and central Europe in summer. It winters around the Mediterranean.
It breeds near water in forested areas, mostly in the north and west of the UK. Summer visitors arrive in March and April and leave the breeding grounds in July and August, with the young following in September.
It habitually bobs up and down, and has a distinctive flight with stiff, bowed wings. Its three-note call, given as it flies off, is distinctive.
The Common Sandpiper has amber status on the UK list. Around 15000 pairs breed in the UK, but fewer than 100 individuals spend the winter here.


18-Sep-2017:Lodmoor, Dorset(3+)
05-Sep-2017:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon(1)
28-Aug-2017:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon(4)
27-Aug-2017:Standlake Common, Oxon(1)
26-Aug-2017:Otmoor, Oxon(1)
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01-May-2017:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon(3)
21-Apr-2017:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon(1)
18-Apr-2017:Standlake Common, Oxon(1)
16-Apr-2017:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon(3)

06-Nov-2016:Barbate, Spain(1)
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04-Sep-2016:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon(1)
28-Aug-2016:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon(1)
06-May-2016:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon(9)
04-May-2016:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon(2)
27-Apr-2016:Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon(1)
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13-Sep-2015:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon(3)
06-Sep-2015:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon(1)
15-Aug-2015:Rushy Common, Oxon(1)
28-Apr-2015:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon(2)

28-Sep-2014:Radley Lakes, Oxon(1)
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08-May-2014:Newport, Pembrokeshire(1)
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07-Dec-2013:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon(1)
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08-Sep-2013:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon(2)