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curlew sandpiper - maybe? identifictaion request

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curlew sandpiper - maybe? identifictaion request

Post by virtualheb » 01 Jun 2012, 07:44

Hi all

This morning outside our window on the moorland at the back - Balalalln - saw a bird, which in my mind I think could have been a curlew sandpiper, although I arent sure at all. THe bird certainly wasnt a curlew - it had a baclck straight beak, quite long. I thought it wasnt the right shape at all to be a common sandpiper - as was longer and slimmer. Its breast underneath was really white which doesnt quite seem to fit with a curlew sandpiper as I read that the adults this time of year dont have as much white - but could it be a juvenile (or is this too early for them?)

I know there are several other birds that could figure in the equation - but I ruled out the turnstones - and the dunlins - as i have well seen them before? Anybody any ideas?

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Re: curlew sandpiper - maybe? identifictaion request

Post by Tristan » 02 Jun 2012, 13:19

Hi virtualheb

It is very unlikely that your bird was a Curlew Sandpiper as, for one thing, this is not a moorland species. It's difficult to say much more without a more detailed description (including an idea of the bird's size), but I wonder if it might have been a Greenshank?

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Re: curlew sandpiper - maybe? identifictaion request

Post by virtualheb » 02 Jun 2012, 14:55

Cheers Tristan - I am sure you are probably right, and as the curlew sandpiper, wouldnt have really been out on the moorland, ( I hadnt thought it through - had I!)

The bird could well have been a greenshank, it was certainly the size of the greenshanks, when I look at photos of greenshanks I have taken previously and others on the net, yes on reflection it could well have been a greenshank -

Thanks again.

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