Adult Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glarola) at Summer Leys Reserve, Northants - May 2011
UK AMBER LIST / IUCN Red List: Least Concern
Wood Sandpipers are quite a rare species in the UK - they pass through on passage in reasonable numbers, but, only a small number pairs breed in the country each year - all in the Scottish Highlands. It is most easily separated from the other species named sandpipers by the prominent speckling and prominent eye-stripe - though actually the name is a little misleading - it is more closely related to the "shanks" than the Common Sandpiper. This particular individual was seen while on passage, which is probably the best way to see them in the UK without a trip to Scotland, though if you don't come across one on your own the best bet is probably to keep an eye on reports of them on the internet to increase your chances.
Subspecies: none - monotypic
- Sighting Locations -
UNITED KINGDOM - A very rare breeding species (11-27 pairs) and rare passage migrant
- A single bird seen on passage at Summerleys Nature Reserve in May 2011.
Further Notes: RSPB, Wikipedia, BirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List