|Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola)|
Thanks to David DarrellLambert (@birdbrainuk)
for this as my shots weren't very good
Now, what am I actually talking about when I say 'these birds' well if you look at the second part of the title then you'll know that I am talking about Sandpipers. But the last part explains that today's post is about Wood Sandpipers. They are lovely birds and it's a shame I don't see more of them.
So, here are the facts:
- Firstly, there is more than just one type of Sandpiper, that's why I have 3 parts to Sandpipers, and if could spot them all there could be 19 parts! The ones I have seen so far are:
|Another one from David - thanks David :-)|
- The Wood Sandpiper (this one)
- Common Sandpiper
- Green Sandpiper
- The Wood Sandpiper has a lot in common with both of these, not as much the Common, but the Green.
- These two birds look almost identical, and live in almost exactly the same habitats. They can, however, be told apart from each other though.
- One thing is that the back of the Wood Sandpipers, has lots of visible white spots and the overall colour is Brown, whereas the Green's in Black with a few dashes.
- Here is a video by the BTO showing what some more differences are:
- They are mostly a passage bird (according to the RSPB) and are found mostly in the South and East of England. They are also found passaging commonly on the East of Ireland.
- There is a spot in North-Eastern Scotland where they are found breeding. It's sort of in the Cairngorms National Park.
- This place in Scotland has only a few birds though, the RSPB says that there are only between 11 and 27 breeding pairs in the UK.
- Because of this very small breeding population, they are an Amber Status, this puts them on the IUCN List but they are of Least Concern.
|Sandpipers in the Crossley ID Guide |
- one of my Mums favourite bird books
- The global population (according to Birdlife) is thought to be between just 3,100,000 and 3,600,000 individuals.
- They are 20cm long and have a wingspan of 56cm. Both sexes weigh around 65g and they need a ring size B+
- These birds nest on the ground, which is not unusual for a wader, and lay only between 3 and 4 eggs.
- They like to eats a variety of things such as insects, spiders, worms, shellfish, small fish, frogs and plant matter. What they eat depends on what they can find in each season.
- Average lifespan isn't easy to work out as we don't see many here but the oldest Wood Sandpiper recorded was almost 8 years old.
Here are a few links to some more information:
Hope you enjoyed,