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i took a picture or two yesterday of this little wader at Titchwell in Norfolk. it was working the edges of a marsh in close proximity to a spotted red shank and was approximately the same size. i cant immediately identify it even with the help of the RSPB site. its similar to stint but has the wrong colour legs and beak.
can anyone in the wildlife fraternity help with this please.
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It's a nice photo Phil.
Have you tried the Google images thingy to try to find a similar one? (The service that you use to find out if anyone has pirated your images)
yes i have had a trawl on the interweb but cant find another wader like it, im sure its common enough but even the spotted redshank it was with is considered a semi rarity with only 90 off overwintering adults in uk
...I tried that and seemed to narrow it down to one of about thirteen species of sandpiper.
I dropped your image into the Google box and it was mainly sandpipers that came up
It looks to me to be like a Dunlin or a Little Stint. Since Dunlin are much more common it is likely to be one of them. The plumage may be in the process of changing from winter to summer and that can make identification awkward.
From a straight 'Google' search. it's a Dunlin.
Trying to establish whether this is a sandpiper or not. Very unusual bird. I will email my brother in law whose knowledge of waders and all things ornithological is immense.
i wish i could convince myself its a Dunlin but it hasnt a dark patch on the underbelly and i first thought it was a little stint but the legs and beak should be black
Dunlins are almost black underneath although winter plumage can disguise it. Would have thought it would be showing by now but I could be wrong.
Brother in law has come up with something.
thank you for the pm
it seems i will repot back when i have spoken to the rspb
Look forward to the outcome.
My feelings are its a Jack Snipe...I spotted one on friday at another Rspb site.
I would love to know the outcome and ID Phil
Janeez is such a great help on these Id problems....She nailed my Black Redstart immediatley....Thanks Again
Thank you for your lovely comments (blushing now) Lawbert. I love birds and all wildlife. Hopeless at photographing them so really appreciate seeing the fantastic images on here. We do on occasion get some unusual bird species in our area. Last year when it was very cold we had a flock of Waxwings arrive, feeding on the remains of rowan tree berries. They stayed for a few days and some photographers got some fantastic shots. I could only go to see them between appointments so no chance of pics.
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