Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Green Sandpiper (Tringa ochropus)

Photo Grade: Medium
Locations spotted: Rutland Water, Rainham
UK Status:
 - Very Rare Breeding Species (1-2 pairs)
 - Scarce Wintering Species (910 birds)
BirdGuides Rating: Common
UK AMBER LIST / IUCN Red List: Least Concern

Britain's second most common "named" sandpiper after the aptly named common one. It is primarily a Winter visitor although one or two are apparently present in the Summer. I've seen it most at the muddy edges of marshland lagoons and pools, during passage which means I can't really give any concrete sites for seeing them. To differentiate them from Common Sandpiper, note how the white chest stops fairly sharply rather than continuing up around the shoulders.  Green sandpipers do have greenish legs, but why that particular fairly difficult to observe feature was chosen to name them I have no idea.

Related Species:
Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Scolopacidae
Genus: Tringa
Subspecies: none - monotypic

Further Information: RSPB, Wikipedia, BirdGuidesBirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List

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