Baird's Sandpiper

Calidris bairdii (Coues, 1861) BP BAISA 5060
Family: Charadriiformes > Scolopacidae

Slightly smaller than a Dunlin, with long wings (so the primaries project beyond the tail), Baird's Sandpiper is a rare but regular autumn visitor from North America.

The female Baird's Sandpiper lays a clutch of eggs that is up to 120% of her body mass in just four days, shortly after arriving in the Arctic, with essentially no stored fat.

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  • Breeding
  • Winter
2.4k records observations recorded by BTO surveyors
2.4k records



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Status and Trends

Population size and trends and patterns of distribution based on BTO surveys and atlases with data collected by BTO volunteers.


This species can be found on the following statutory and conservation listings and schedules.


We have no population estimates for this scarce species.


This species is a rare vagrant and was recorded during Bird Atlas 2007–11 as shown on the map.

Baird's Sandpiper winter distribution 2008-11
Britain and Ireland Winter Distribution 2008-2011.
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Occupied 10-km squares in UK


This vagrant is too rarely reported to map distribution change.


Baird Sandpiper is a rare vagrant in autumn.

Weekly occurence of Baird's Sandpiper from BirdTrack
Weekly occurrence patterns (shaded cells) and reporting rates (vertical bars) based on BirdTrack data. Reporting rates give the likelihood of encountering the species each week.


Information about movement and migration based on online bird portals (e.g. BirdTrack), Ringing schemes and tracking studies.


View a summary of recoveries in the Online Ringing Report.


Lifecycle and body size information about Baird's Sandpiper, including statistics on nesting, eggs and lifespan based on BTO ringing and nest recording data.


Sample sizes are too small to report Productivity and Nesting statistics for this species.


For information in another language (where available) click on a linked name

Welsh: Pibydd Baird
Catalan: territ de Baird
Czech: jespák dlouhokrídlý
Danish: Bairdsryle
Dutch: Bairds Strandloper
Estonian: eskimo risla e. eskimo rüdi
Finnish: eskimosirri
French: Bécasseau de Baird
German: Bairdstrandläufer
Hungarian: Baird-partfutó
Icelandic: Leirutíta
Irish: Gobadán Baird
Italian: Gambecchio di Baird
Latvian: garsparnu šnibitis
Lithuanian: baltapilvis begikas
Norwegian: Gulbrystsnipe
Polish: biegus dlugoskrzydly
Portuguese: maçarico-de-bico-fino / pilrito-de-bico-fino
Slovak: pobrežník plavý
Slovenian: vrtorepi prodnik
Spanish: Correlimos de Baird
Swedish: gulbröstad snäppa

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