A WOOD SANDPIPER?
My friend took this shot but did not know what it is. I think it may be a Wood Sandpiper, but I’m not sure. What do you think? Clive Bailes
QWaders can be quite tricky to identify in the field, especially if like this one it is ‘out of place’, so to speak.
AUnfortunately, this isn’t a Wood Sandpiper; the bill is far too long, and the ruddy colour to the head and neck is ‘wrong’. Taken with that long, straight bill, and coloration, the long legs tells us that this is a Black-tailed Godwit, a species more often seen in groups in marshy estuaries and coastal lagoons rather than perched alone on rocks.