Mobile bird identification
Bird Field Guide

In winter the Green Sandpiper has dark brown upperparts, a white underside and a streaked grey-brown breast. It has a distinctive pale line in front of the eye. The faint buff spots on the back of the bird are brighter and more defined in summer plumage.

Green Sandpiper

Tringa ochropus
Waders Menu
Notes:
The Green Sandpiper often looks black and white when seen flying off, it's rump being white is a distinctive feature. It's flight is snipe like, fast with wings flicking in shallow dips. Rarely seen on large mudflats with other waders, tending to frequent smaller secluded areas.
Order: Charadriiformes

Family: Scolopacidae

Genus:  Tringa

Species: T. ochropus
Note the pale stripe running up from the birds bill to the eye, an important identification feature of the Green Sandpiper. The upperparts of this winter bird are almost plain dark brown.
Adult Male & Female (Winter)
Breeding distribution
Probably breeding
Confirmed to be breeding in this area
Confirmed breeding sites
Probably breeding
Breeding distribution of the Green Sandpiper
General distribution:
Breeds throughout North and North east Europe, has historically breed in the UK but not currently. In winter it is a widespread migrant in Europe, rare passage visitor in the UK.
Habitat:
Breeds in a variety of habitats but always near water, including streams, lakes and sheltered estuaries. On migration or when wintering, it can be found near almost any water. Nests in trees, often using abandoned song birds nests.
Green Sandpipers feeding.
Note the bright spotting of this bird in summer plumage, the stripe from bill to eye is well defined on this bird.
Thanks to:https://www.flickr.com/photos/ferranp/ (Modified)
Thanks to:https://www.flickr.com/photos/francesco_veronesi/ (Modified)
Thanks to:https://www.flickr.com/photos/ferranp/ (Modified)
Summer plumage is very similar to winter plumage except the pale spots on the birds back tend to be brighter and the breast has more white.
Green Sandpiper in winter plumage identification
Thanks to:https://www.flickr.com/photos/fco_montero/ (Modified)
Green Sandpiper flying
*Pale line from eye to bill

*Dark wings with white rump

White underside
Greenish legs
* key ID points
*Dark brown back, faint buff spotting, brighter in summer
Brown streaked breast
*Frequent tail bobbing
Adult Male & Female (Summer)
Green Sandpiper in summer plumage
Green Sandpiper in winter plumage
Green Sandpiper in summer plumage identification
*Dark brown back, pale buff spotting, duller in winter
White underside
*Frequent tail bobbing
Greenish legs
Brown streaked breast
*Pale line from eye to bill
* key ID points

*Dark underwings