Saturday, 31 August 2013

Stilt sandpiper Neumann's Flash

Stilt sandpiper 1 adult summer, moulting
Ruff 2

Year 231 (Stilt sandpiper)

The Stilt sandpiper was my third in the UK and my second in Cheshire (the last Cheshire Stilt sand was at Frodsham in 1984). Superficially, Stilt sands are similar to Curlew sandpipers, with long bills and white rumps. However this was a cracking bird, an adult in an advanced state of moult, but still with signs of summer plumage, with a nicely marked back and barring on the flanks and breast. It also had nice long legs and a bill nowhere near as curved as a Curlew sandpiper.

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