Adult Curlew Sandpiper in Winter plumage (Calidris ferruginea) at Oare Marshes, Kent - September 2011Weight: 43-67g
OTHER NAMES: Pygmy Curlew, Curlew Stint, Redcrop
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.
Subspecies: none - monotypic
- Sighting Locations -
UNITED KINGDOM - An uncommon passage migrant (670 birds)