Wood Sandpiper

Irish Name: Gobadán coille
Scientific name: Tringa glareola
Bird Family: Sandpipers
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Conservation status

Status

Scarce passage migrant a to wetlands throughout Ireland from July to October.

Identification

Smaller than Redshank and similar to that species. In flight in all plumages, Wood Sandpipers have an obvious white rump and densely barred tail. Adult Wood Sandpipers have a densely streaked neck, breast and upperparts. Has a prominent supercilium like Redshank, but differs in having bright green legs. The upperparts are dark with prominent white spotting. Juvenile Wood Sandpipers are similar to adults, but the upperparts are plainer, lacking the prominent white spotting.

Voice

The flight call is loud "chiff-chiff-chiff", distinctively different to Common and Green Sandpipers.

Diet

Feeds mostly on invertebrates in mudflats.

Breeding

Does not breed in Ireland. There is a small breeding population in northern Scotland (<10 pairs), but the majority of the European population breeds in bogs in Scandinavia and Russia. Passage birds in Ireland feed in freshwater wetlands, such as the edges of lakes, ponds and rivers. Rarely seen at coastal estuaries.

Wintering

Winters mainly in tropical Africa.

Monitored by

Irish Wetland Bird Survey.

Similar Species

Redshank

Irish Name:
Cosdeargán
Scientific name:
Tringa totanus
Bird Family:
Sandpipers

Green Sandpiper

Irish Name:
Gobadán glas
Scientific name:
Tringa ochropus
Bird Family:
Sandpipers

Common Sandpiper

Irish Name:
Gobadán coiteann
Scientific name:
Actitus hypoleucos
Bird Family:
Sandpipers