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Birds by name
Conservation status: Amber
The wood sandpiper is a medium-sized wading bird, with a fine straight bill, yellowish legs and a conspicuous long white stripe from the bill over the eye to the back of the neck. In flight, it shows no wing-stripes and a square white rump. A passage migrant in spring and autumn, breeding in Northern Europe and wintering in Africa; a few pairs breed in the Scottish Highlands. The flooding of some previously drained traditional marshes in Scotland may help this species in future.
Sandpipers and allies (Scolopacidae)
Passage birds most commonly appear in southern and eastern England - a good place to look for them in spring and autumn is at RSPB coastal reserves in these areas.
Late April to September
Insects, worms, spiders, shellfish and small fish.
* UK breeding is the number of pairs breeding annually. UK wintering is the number of individuals present from October to March. UK passage is the number of individuals passing through on migration in spring and/or autumn.
Please note that the map is only intended as a guide. It shows general distribution rather than detailed, localised populations.
Niels Krabbe, Xeno-canto