How to identify

The Wood Sandpiper is a medium-sized wading bird, with a fine straight bill, yellowish legs and a conspicuous 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. Is 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. Wood Sandpipers are listed as a Schedule 1 species.


Wood Sandpiper

Niels Krabbe / xeno-canto


  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
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  3. Mar
  4. Apr
  5. May
  6. Jun
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  8. Aug
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  10. Oct
  11. Nov
  12. Dec

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