How to identify

The Curlew Sandpiper is 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. In spring and summer it sports the unmistakeable deep chestnut of its breeding plumage. In flight, it shows a bright white rump.


  1. Resident
  2. Passage
  3. Summer
  4. Winter
* This map is intended as a guide. It shows general distribution rather than detailed, localised populations.
  1. Jan
  2. Feb
  3. Mar
  4. Apr
  5. May
  6. Jun
  7. Jul
  8. Aug
  9. Sep
  10. Oct
  11. Nov
  12. Dec

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