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Bird Sightings : Hebrides : Baird's Sandpiper

Hebrides Bird Sightings : Baird's Sandpiper

Baird's Sandpiper

Calidris bairdii

Photograph © Andy Robinson
Borve - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides (Western Isles)
September 2005

"A few more american waders around at the weeeknd - Buff-Breasted sandpiper at
the butt of lewis with an American Golden plover also there on Saturday. And a
Bairds sandpiper at Borve beach...

Just working on your pics and realised you got a Buff-breasted Sandpiper AND
American Golden Plover in the same shot!!
That was a very good day...

"Yep it was - I'd bumped into Tristan and we were approaching the pool near the
ligthhouse which I saying had the most potential when hey presto up they


  • Only 4 UK records annually
  • WI: Rare visitor (five or less records) TBC
  • Breeds: Northern tundra - East Siberia to West Greenland
  • Winters: South America
  • Habitat Coastal & Alpine tundra (migration mudflats, grazing land)
  • Diet mostly insects, small crustaceans
  • BTO site says a Baird's Sandpiper lays a clutch of eggs that is up to 120% of her body mass in four days...
  • May be hybriding with white-rumped sandpiper


See the Surfbirds online guide to identification of long-winged peeps



Baird's Sandpiper records in the Western Isles

Rare visitor (five or less records) TBC

The chart below shows how abundant the bird is during a month or when you are more likely to see it.















(Source: Outer Hebrides Birds Checklist)



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