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Bird of the Month - Curlew Sandpiper

Curlew Sandpiper by John Harding
Calidris ferruginea
green
740 records/year
12 years 11 months 24 days (Recorded in 1990)
Tundra, on migration mudflats, marshes
Invertebrates

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Sanderling. Photograph by Neil Calbrade

The key to differing between many small, plump waders is to become accustomed with Dunlin first. In this video we compare Sanderling and Curlew Sandpiper to their more well-recognised cousin.