Sandpipers

Group: 
Birds

Sandpipers are more delicate and graceful than plovers and have much longer bills as they feed deeper in the mud.

The information about this group of species has been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail:

Little Stint

Calidris minuta
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A migratory species that breeds in the Arctic and passes through Dorset in spring and summer.


 

 

Curlew Sandpiper

Calidris ferruginea
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An occasional winter visitor, usually whilst on migrartion in autumn


 

 

Purple Sandpiper

Calidris maritima
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An occasional winter vistor to rocky shores in Dorset.


 

Snipe

Gallinago gallinago
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A common but often overlooked winter visitor that may still nest in Dorset in damp places


 

 

Woodcock

Scolopax rusticola
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Quite a rare breeding species in Dorset and seen more often as a visitor in hard winters.


 

 

Turnstone

Arenaria interpres
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A frequent species on stoney shores and around seaweed.


 

Black-tailed Godwit

Limosa limosa
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Can be seen all year round but is more common in winter.


 

Bar-tailed Godwit

Limosa lapponica
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Over winter every year in Poole Harbour but in far fewer numbers than black-taled godwits


 

 

Whimbrel

Numenius phaeopus
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An occasional visitor seen primarily during migration in spring and autumn but it also over winters in Dorset


 

Curlew

Numenius arquata
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A fairly common wader around muddy shorelines.


 

Spotted Redshank

Tringa erythropus
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Small numbers visit Poole Harbour and Christchurch Harbour each winter.


 

 

Redshank

Tringa totanus
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Found around muddy shorelines all year but more common in winter.


 

Greenshank

Tringa nebularia
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A winter visitor to Poole and Christchurch harbours.


 

Green Sandpiper

Tringa ochropus
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An autumn passage migrant and occasional winter visitor


 

 

Wood Sandpiper

Tringa g;areola
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Seen only occasionally on migration in Dorset


 

 

Common Sandpiper

Actitis hypoleucos
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A passage migrant mainly in the autumn


 

Grey Phalarope

Phalaropus filicarius
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A vagrant species that occasionally turns up on the coast of Dorset in winter.


 

 

Stilt Sandpiper

Calidris himantopus
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A long distance migrant from the north American tundra that heads to Japan and Australia in winter so not common in Dorset!


 

 

Least Sandpiper

Calidris minutilla
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Nesting in the north American arctic tundra they over winter in central and southern America and are very rare vagrants in Dorset


 

 

Bairds Sandpiper

Calidris bairdii
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Migrant species between the Arctic tundra and South America and extremely uncommon in Britain


 

 

Spotted Sandpiper

Actitis macularius
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A north American species of wader found near fresh water pools. It migrated to south America in winter and is rarely seen in Europe.


 

 

Buff-breasted Sandpiper

Calidris subruficollis
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Breeds in the Arctic tundra of North America but known as a long distant migrant and does rarely occur in Dorset


 

 

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