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Actitis hypoleucos : Common Sandpiper - Scolopacidae

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  • Type

    sound

  • Duration

    00:00:35

  • Shelf mark

    W1CDR0001405 BD3

  • Subjects

    Birds

  • Recording date

    1960s

  • Recording locations

    Loch Sandary, North Uist, Scotland: OS Grid Reference(73500,868500)

  • Recordist

    Shove, Lawrence

  • Species

    Common Sandpiper, Actitis hypoleucos

  • Description

    The call and song of a common sandpiper recorded at Loch Sandary in Scotland. This small wading bird is particularly known for its stiff, bowed wings in flight and for the three-note ‘Swee-wee-we’ call that it gives as it takes off. The common sandpiper is particularly abundant in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and England; it is mostly seen near fast-flowing water in the summer whereas during the winter it is typically found near lakes, reservoirs, estuaries and gravel pits. It is a small, plump-bodied bird with a long tail, its warm upperparts and dark breast contrast sharply with the whiteness of its belly. On the ground this species tends to adopt a horizontal stance and constantly bobs it body up and down, a behaviour which is known as ‘teetering’.

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