Semipalmated Sandpiper Calidris pusilla   [Linnaeus, 1766]

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Order: Charadriiformes Family: Scolopacidae
BTO Codes: PZ, SEMSA EURING No: 4980
Number in Britain: 2 records/year
Conservation Status:
UK: Not Assessed
European: Not evaluated
Global: Near Threatened (Details)
Status in UK: (A)  Scarce Visitor
Subspecies: Monotypic
Length: 14 cm Wingspan: 36 cm Weight: M/F: 29 g    
Scientific name from: Gr.: kalidris=grey waterside bird described by Aristotle and L.: pusillus=very small
World Distribution: BREEDS arctic North America, WINTERS: Mexico south to s South America
Habitat: Tundra, on migration coastal, wet meadows
Diet: Small arthropods, molluscs, worms, mostly in salt/freshwater also on land
TitBit: The Semipalmated Sandpiper gets its common name from the short webs between its toes ("palmated" means webbed).  
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Records and Distribution

First Record: Norfolk, 1953 (Daukes, A.H. 1954. British Birds 47:131-132)
Total Number of Records (1950-2007): 77 Summary of Records by Year
Most Likely to Occur in: August to October
Most Recent County Records:
   Scotland: Argyll (1999), Dumfries & Galloway (1999), Outer Hebrides (1999), Orkney (2002), Shetland (2005),
   North-east England: Cleveland (2006), Northumberland (1992), East Yorkshire (1999),
   North-west England: Cheshire (1982), Lancashire (2004),
   English Midlands: Northamptonshire (1999),
   Eastern England: Cambridgeshire (2007), Lincolnshire (1966), Norfolk (2003), Suffolk (1993),
   South-east England: Hampshire (2006), Kent (1984), East Sussex (2001), West Sussex (1998),
   South-west England: Cornwall (2004), Devon (1994), Dorset (2002), Gloucestershire (2006), Somerset (2000), Isles of Scilly (2007),
   Wales: Glamorgan (2001), Gwent (2006), Pembrokeshire (2007),

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Other Names

Gaelic: Welsh: Pibydd Llwyd
Danish: Tyknæbbet dværgryle Dutch: Grijze Strandloper
Finnish: Kääpiösirri French: Bécasseau semipalmé
German: Sandstrandlaüfer Hungarian: Tundra partfutó
Icelandic: Fitjatíta Irish: Gobadáinín Mionbhosach
Italian: Piro piro semipalmato Norwegian: Sandsnipe
Polish: Biegus tundrowy Portuguese: Pilrito-semiplamado
Spanish: Correlimos semipalmeado Swedish: Sandsnäppa

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