Marsh Sandpiper

Tringa stagnatilis (Bechstein, 1803) MD MARSA 5470
Family: Charadriiformes > Scolopacidae

Marsh Sandpiper, Brendan Doe

A slender wader with a needle-thin bill, the Marsh Sandpiper is a bit smaller than a Redshank and breeds on the Russian steppe. It is a rare, but annual, visitor to our shores, with records peaking in late summer (July/August).

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  • Breeding
  • Winter
1k records observations recorded by BTO surveyors
1k 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.

Marsh Sandpiper breeding distribution 2008-11
Britain and Ireland Breeding Distribution 2008-2011.
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Occupied 10-km squares in UK

European Distribution Map

European Breeding Bird Atlas 2


Marsh Sandpiper is a very rare vagrant, recorded sporadically through spring and autumn.

Weekly occurence of Marsh 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 Marsh 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 Cors
Catalan: siseta comuna
Czech: vodouš štíhlý
Danish: Damklire
Dutch: Poelruiter
Estonian: lammitilder
Finnish: lampiviklo
French: Chevalier stagnatile
German: Teichwasserläufer
Hungarian: tavi cankó
Icelandic: Vatnastelkur
Irish: Gobadán Corraigh
Italian: Albastrello
Latvian: diku tilbite
Lithuanian: kudrinis tilvikas
Norwegian: Damsnipe
Polish: brodziec plawny
Portuguese: perna-verde-fino
Slovak: kalužiak štíhly
Slovenian: jezerski martinec
Spanish: Archibebe fino
Swedish: dammsnäppa

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