|Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos )|
Anyway, here are the facts on these wrongly named creatures:
- Now, what I was saying about the Common Sandpipers being wrongly named /|\ wasn't exactly true...
- ...Common Sandpipers have about 15,000 breeding pairs in the UK, while Green Sandpipers have, 2.
- They are an Amber Status non-the-less because they are a 'species of European concern' and their numbers are declining.
- I have not yet explained where they live. They are mostly found around Northern England and Scotland as well as Wales and most of Ireland.
- That is where they merely breed though. They Winter in the South of England and Ireland but nowhere else.
- There aren't actually many Wintering birds in those places though, only about 73!
- Like the Green Sandpiper they eat invertebrates that they find on the surface of the mud or ground.
- They like to live on rivers & lakes when they are breeding and when they are migrating they mainly stay on marshes or the coast.
- They weigh, on average, about 50g but they have been found to range between 40g to 80g! That's quite a difference. Females are bigger than Males
- They first start breeding at 2 years and have a typical lifespan of 8 years and the longest lived for 14 years and 11 days.
Here are a few links to some more information:
Hope you enjoyed,