Little Stint – Calidris Minuta

Calidris Minuta with short bill, feathers of upperparts have dark brown cintres and pale rufous fringes or tips. Mantle with yellowish edges forming distinct “V”. Head, neck and breast rufous buff with brown streaks, rest of underparts, throat and chin white. Female averages larger. Non-breeding adult has brownish grey upperparts mottled dark and fringed pale,…

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Sanderling – Calidris Alba

The Calidris Alba is a small, light-colored sandpiper with a straight, black bill and black legs. The male and female look similar. In breeding plumage, it has a rufous head and neck and a rufous wash that extends onto its back. In non-breeding plumage, the adult is white underneath and very pale gray above while…

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Green Sandpiper – Tringa Hypoleucos

Green Sandpiper  medium-sized and dark Tringa. Very similar to T. glareola but larger and darker, tail white with four thick black bars. Foreneck, breast and upper flanks streaked grey-brown and underparts white. Female averages larger. Non-breeding adult has less spotted upperparts and face, foreneck and center of breast whiter. Tringa ochropus is a widespread breeder…

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Common Redshank – Tringa Totanus

Common Redshank  ashy brown upperparts, head and breast, streaked and spotted with black and dark brown. White secondaries conspicuous in flight. Differs from non-breeding T. erythropus by shorter, orange-red legs, shorter bill, indistinct supercilium and redder bill. Female often has paler upperparts than male, at least in race totanus. Non-breeding adult has gteyer upperparts, without…

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Spotted Redshank – Tringa Erythropus

Tringa Erythropus  big and elegant wader, with long neck, legs and bill. Entirely black, with white dots on upperparts, and often variable amounts of whitish on underparts, in flight shows white wedge on back and white underwing. Female slightly larger and generally paler, with white tips on crown feathers and more white fringes on underparts….

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Eurasian Curlew – Numenius Arquata

Eurasian Curlew large greyish brown curleo with long bill and plain head pattern. Head, neck, breast and upperparts buffy brown with dark streaking, although plumage variable. Pale underwing, white rump and lower back, belly white, flanks streaked. Female averages larger, especially with longer bill. Non-breeding adult has breast and upperparts grey brown and underparts whiter….

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Black-tailed Godwit – Limosa Limosa

Black-tailed Godwit for many years the elegant black-tailed godwit remained almost a rarity here, but in more recent times this fine wader has become much more abundant. A sign of things to come was the presence of a pair at Hickling in the spring of 1934. Jim Vincent, the estate keeper, described the male ‘mobbing…

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Jack Snipe – Lymnocryptes minimus

Jack Snipe is smallest snipe. Large head, relatively short bill. Narrow wings with white trailing edge. Differs from all other snipes by wedge shaped tail, which lacks white, also lacks central stripe on crown and has purple and green gloss on black upperparts. Sexes alike, juvenile very similar to adult, but has white undertail coverts…

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Common Snipe – Gallinago Gallinago

The Gallinago Gallinago is a superbly camouflaged bird, most often seen fleeing erratically after being flushed from its concealed location. This skulking bird has crytically patterned, mottled brown upperparts, with pale stripes on the back and dark streaks on the chest, and paler underparts. The sexes are alike, although the female may have a slightly…

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Eurasian Woodcock – Scolopax Rusticola

Scolopax Rusticola thick transverse bars on crown, typical for all woodcock species. Mainly rufous brown and reddish above providing good camouflage. Bill long and straight, but relatively shorter than congeners. Broad wings, in flight recalling owl. Plumage somewhat variable. Differs from very similar, possibly conspecific, S. mira in having area of whitish feathering around eye,…

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