The Common Sandpiper is a small wader found in Wales, Scotland as well as the North & West of England.  The Common Sandpiper has a dark olive-brown upper half and white underside with a short black beak.  There are an estimated 24,000 pairs that breed between April and October, with the bird being very rare during the winter.  The Common Sandpiper mostly nests by lakes and rivers and when migrating in and out of the UK it can be found by creeks, rocks and freshwater.

Length: 19-21cm (7½-8½in)

Wingspan: 32-35cm (12½-14in)

Weight: 40-60g (1½-2oz)

Average Life: 10 years


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