WOOD SAND­PIPER

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Al­though there is a tiny breed­ing pop­u­la­tion (of fewer than 30 pairs in Scot­land), the small, el­e­gant Wood Sand­piper is mainly a (scarce) pas­sage bird in the UK. There is a first wave through in May, and then the first re­tun­ing birds start to re­turn in July. Pri­mar­ily a fresh­wa­ter species, Wood Sand­pipers are of­ten very shy and flighty, re­veal­ing the small square rump, pale un­der­wings (com­pared to the very dark un­der­wings of the some­what sim­i­lar, but much more black-and-white and chunky Green Sand­piper).

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