Sunday, 19 September 2010

Curlew Sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea)

OTHER NAMES: Pygmy Curlew, Curlew Stint, Redcrop
Latin Etymology: Calidris (bird named by Aristotle) ferruginea ("rust coloured")

 Adult Curlew Sandpiper in Winter plumage (Calidris ferruginea) at Oare Marshes, Kent - September 2011

Featured Subspecies: N/A
Weight: 43-67g  /  Length: 19-21.5cm  /  Wingspan: 48-41cm
UK GREEN LIST / IUCN Red List: Near Threatened

The curlew sandpiper is a passage migrant that mainly passes through the UK in August and September, your best bet to see them is probably visiting estuaries and marshes during these months. I can't claim to have any further information on seeing them, but they didn't seem notably more difficult to photograph than any other wader for their size.  Though they are fairly similar in size to Dunlin, they can be identified by the grey plumage and longer curved beaks.

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

- Sighting Locations -
UNITED KINGDOM - An uncommon passage migrant (670 birds) 
 - Seen on migration at Rutland Water in 2010.  Better views had at Oare Marshes in September 2010.

Further Information: BirdForum Opus, IUCN Red ListRSPBWikipedia, Xeno-canto

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