BIRD 3

Bird Watching (UK) - - September Id Challenge -

Here we have a wader with a short­ish, very slightly down­curved bill. This bill in­stantly re­moves sev­eral shore­bird types from the equa­tion, in­clud­ing the snipes, curlews, god­wits and plovers. This is some sort of sandpiper-type wader. The pale (green­ish-yel­low) legs rule out most of the Calidris species, and the streaked plumage com­bined with a slightly down-curved bill rules out the Tringa species, in­clud­ing Red­shank and Wood Sandpiper. This bird looks more like a Ruff, but the fine white stripes on the back are not present on Ruff. The crouched gait, the at­ten­u­ated rear end, pale legs, white stripes on the back, and the streaked breast abruptly abut­ting the white belly all point to this be­ing a ju­ve­nile Pec­toral Sandpiper.

KEY FEA­TURES †Smallish head, slightly down­curved bill †At­ten­u­ated rear end †Neatly pat­terned plumage with white Vs on back †Streaked breast forms ‘pec­toral band’

At­ten­u­ated rear end Pale green­ishyel­low legs White lines on back

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