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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