WI: Scarce (very small numbers recorded in most years, sometimes more in persistent gales) autumn passage visitor
Breeds: Arctic regions: Iceland, Greenland, North Siberia, North America, North Europe
Winters in the Southern oceans
Diet: Invertebrates, (plus seeds etc when reaching breeding grounds)
Habitat: coastal tundra (migration coasts)
Small wader (21cm / 8 in length) . Winter mostly grey above & white below, with black eyepatch & straight black bill.
Breeding female dark brown & black above, red below, white cheek patches & yellow black-tipped bill. Breeding male similar but duller. Young birds light grey & brown above, buff below & dark eye patch