Curlew Sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea)
Species
Curlew Sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea). Juvenile. Taken at Farmoor, Oxon., on August 29th 2014.
Juvenile. Taken at Farmoor, Oxon., on August 29th 2014.
(1/640th sec at f13. Click image for larger version. © David Hastings)

Description

L: 19 - 21½ cm

Similar in size to the Dunlin, but has a longer, finer-tipped and more decurved bill.

The Curlew Sandpiper breeds in arctic Siberia and winters in west Africa. It is a scarce passage migrant in the British Isles.

While on passage, Curlew Sandpipers frequent saltmarshes with muddy pools and shallow coastal lagoons, often in company with Dunlin.

The Curlew Sandpiper is a green list species.

Sightings

12-Oct-2017 : Cley Marshes, Norfolk (2)
31-Aug-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
29-Aug-2014 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
14-Aug-2005 : Titchwell Marsh, Norfolk