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Curlew Sandpiper

An occasional winter visitor, usually whilst on migrartion in autumn

Photograph by: 
Ian Ballam

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Common Name Curlew Sandpiper
Scientific Name Calidris ferruginea
Species Group Birds Sandpipers
Status Restricted
Interest Level
  • 08 - August
  • 09 - September
  • 10 - October
  • 11 - November
  • 12 - December
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A dunlin-like bird with a longer curved bill

Identification Notes
  • Never seen here in great numbers yet seen every autumn whilst on migration
  • It is a clors relative of the dunlin but has a longer, downward curving bill
  • It is usually more solitary than the more gregarious dunlin which is always seen in large flocks 
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