WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER Calidris fuscicollis

A common Nearctic species breeding in the arctic and wintering in many parts of South America. As such it is a common vagrant to Britain, at least annually. The left photo is an autumn juvenile in Britain, the right an adult moulting from breeding to non-breeding plumage in Argentina. Rarely seen in the UK, the breeding plumage is shown by a bird in North Carolina, migrating north. Photos show the wings projecting beyond the tail, a feature which eliminates most similar species except Baird's Sandpiper.

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