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Marsh Sandpiper

  Tringa stagnatilis
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Order: Charadriiformes

Family: Scolopacidae

Genus:  Tringa

Species: T. stagnatilis
Note the mottled appearance of the back and the chevron streaking on the neck. The Marsh Sandpiper in summer looks very similar to the Greenshank, however it is half the size and the streaking on the neck is not as heavy. It also has much longer legs in comparison to the size of the birds body.
Adult Male & Female (Winter)
General distribution:
Not known to breed in Europe but is seen as a rare vagrant. Breeds in central Asia, Russia and Siberia. Winters in Africa, Southern Asia and Australia.
Inhabits freshwater wetlands and open grassland. Rarely seen on saltwater habitats but will tolerate brackish pools.
Marsh Sandpipers in winter plumage
The legs on this bird are lighter yellow and there is a hint of brown in the wing feathers, indicating this bird is in moult.
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Note the dark covert feathers and the overall pale appearance, not unlike a winter Greenshank but only half the size. Also note the slightly darker feathers just behind the eye, an important identification point.
Adult Male & Female (Summer)
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The Marsh Sandpiper in summer is a rather plain bird with a brown mottled back and wings. It's neck and head is lightly streaked dark brown. It's legs are usually yellow but not always. The streaks on the lower breast and flanks can be chevron shaped.
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Marsh Sandpiper in winter plumage identification

In winter the Marsh Sandpiper has a light grey back with slightly darker covert feathers. It's face, foreneck, breast and underside are bright white. It's legs are olive-green and it's bill is slim, long and dark.

Grey back, large feathers edged white

*Pale eye stripe
* key ID points
*Olive-green legs

*Coverts darker than back

Neck, face and underside bright white
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Marsh Sandpiper flying
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Pale underwing

*Dark outer edges to upperwing

Marsh Sandpiper in winter plumage

*Looks similar to Greenshank but half the size

*Very long legs
*Long slim bill
Marsh Sandpiper in moult
Marsh Sandpiper in summer plumage identification

Back feathers grey and several shades of brown

*Yellow legs
*Brown streaking on neck and head
* key ID points

*Coverts darker

*Long slim bill
*Pale eye stripe
*Very long legs
Marsh Sandpiper in summer plumage
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