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Common Sandpiper

Actitis hypoleucos

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Fairly common, but most of European population migrates away for the winter to warmer climes. Found in a variety of wetland habitats; breeds on stony ground along rivers and lakeshores, with migrants occurring on muddy and rocky substrates from concrete canal banks to channels in tidal mudflats. Mainly found as singles or in small groups, not in flocks or mixed with other species; walks with distinctive bobbing action to tail, like a wagtail. Rather plain, but note white spur at shoulder.

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