BROAD-BILLED SAND­PIPER

Bird Watching (UK) - - Track & Signs -

Many of our rare waders are North Amer­i­can breed­ers which stray over here. The Broad-billed Sand­piper is un­usual in that it is a north­ern Euro­pean (and Siberian) breeder, with a south-east­erly mi­gra­tion route, find­ing its way through the UK only rarely (a few per year), with a more or less reg­u­lar late July pas­sage oc­cur­ring. They are lit­tle (slightly smaller than a Dun­lin), dumpy, calidrid-look­ing waders, with dark plumage and longish bill with a down kink at the tip. The pale su­per­cil­ium is no­tably ‘split’ into two.

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