Semipalmated Sandpiper

Calidris pusilla (Linnaeus, 1766) PZ SEMSA 4980
Family: Charadriiformes > Scolopacidae

Semipalmated Sandpiper, Simon Gillings

This small sandpiper is a rare visitor to Britain & Ireland from North America, with most records coming from the autumn period.

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2.1k records observations recorded by BTO surveyors
2.1k 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.

Occupied 10-km squares in UK


This vagrant is too rarely reported to map distribution change.


Semipalmated Sandpiper is a rare vagrant with most records in autumn and early winter.

Weekly occurence of Semipalmated 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 Semipalmated 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 Llwyd
Catalan: territ semipalmat
Czech: jespák srostloprstý
Danish: Tyknæbbet Dværgryle
Dutch: Grijze Strandloper
Estonian: hallrisla e. hallrüdi
Finnish: kanadansirri
French: Bécasseau semipalmé
German: Sandstrandläufer
Hungarian: kis partfutó
Icelandic: Fitjatíta
Irish: Gobadáinín Mionbhosach
Italian: Gambecchio semipalmato
Latvian: smilšu šnibitis
Lithuanian: tundrinis begikas
Norwegian: Sandsnipe
Polish: biegus tundrowy
Portuguese: maçarico-rasteirinho / pilrito-rasteirinho
Slovak: pobrežník piesocný
Slovenian: krpljasti prodnik
Spanish: Correlimos semipalmeado
Swedish: sandsnäppa

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