A WOOD SAND­PIPER?

Bird Watching (UK) - - Your View -

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.

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