Conservation status: Green
Similar to a dunlin, but in autumn it looks cleaner and paler with a white eyestripe. It has a longer, more down-curved bill than a dunlin and will feed in slightly deeper water. Deep chestnut breeding plumage unmistakable in spring and summer. In flight it shows a bright white rump.
Curlew sandpiper - juvenile
Curlew sandpiper - adult in breeding plumage
Sandpipers and allies (Scolopacidae)
Where to see them
They like saltmarshes with muddy pools and shallow coastal lagoons. Largest numbers along the E England coast in autumn in places like the RSPB's Titchwell Marsh reserve.
When to see them
Mainly seen in August and September.
What they eat
Snails, worms and flies.
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