Common Sandpiper

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02nd August 2019


A recent paper in British Birds included findings from a geolocator study in the Highland area. This is one of our most common breeding waders on Skye nesting near freshwater lochs and streams as well as by the sea. Birds winter in the mudflats of Guinea-Bassau with fiddler crabs being the main prey species. The mean arrival date in Scotland is May 1st and the mean departure date is July 29th. Birds leaving the Highlands made a refuelling stop in Iberia before continuing to West Africa. On the return journey they refuel in Morocco, Iberia or France. Numbers are declining and drought in wintering areas and unfavourable winds on migration may be a factor.