Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularius   [Linnaeus, 1766]

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Order: Charadriiformes Family: Scolopacidae
BTO Codes: PQ, SPOSA EURING No: 5570
Number in Britain: 3 records/year
Conservation Status:
UK: Not Assessed
European: Not evaluated
Global: (Details)
Status in UK: (A)  Accidental, Has Bred
Subspecies: Monotypic
Length: 19 cm Wingspan: 38 cm Weight: M/F: 45 g    
Scientific name from: Gr.: aktites=coast dweller and L.: macula=a spot + -arius=possessing
World Distribution: BREEDS: N America, WINTERS: s US to s South America
Habitat: Rivers & lakes, on migration marsh & seacoast
Diet: Aquatic and terrestrial insects and other small invertebrates
TitBit: The female Spotted Sandpiper is the one who establishes and defends the territory as she arrives at the breeding grounds earlier than the male.  
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Records and Distribution

First Record: 1849, North Yorkshire (Palmer. P 2000. First for Britain & Ireland, Arlequin Press. [502.74 PAL])
Total Number of Records (1950-2007): 131 Summary of Records by Year
Most Likely to Occur in: August to October
Most Recent County Records:
   Scotland: Argyll (1984), Clyde (1991), Upper Forth (2007), Highland (1975), Lothian (1976), Moray & Nairn (1999), Outer Hebrides (2007), Orkney (1983), Perth & Kinross (1992), Shetland (2007),
   North-east England: Cleveland (2004), Durham (2002), Northumberland (2002), East Yorkshire (2005), North Yorkshire (2007), South Yorkshire (1984), West Yorkshire (2007),
   North-west England: Cheshire (2004), Cumbria (1998), Lancashire (1986),
   English Midlands: Derbyshire (2003), Leicestershire (1998), Nottinghamshire (1994), Staffordshire (2005), Warwickshire (2007), West Midlands (2004),
   Eastern England: Cambridgeshire (1993), Essex (2001), Hertfordshire (1956), Lincolnshire (2007), Norfolk (1994), Suffolk (2006),
   South-east England: Hampshire (1986), Isle of Wight (1987), Kent (1994), Greater London (1989), Oxfordshire (1990), Surrey (1988), East Sussex (2004),
   South-west England: Cornwall (2006), Devon (2006), Dorset (2006), Somerset (2006), Isles of Scilly (2007),
   Wales: Carmarthen (1960), Ceredigion (1979), Caernarfonshire (1981), Glamorgan (2007), Gower (1973), Gwent (1980), Pembrokeshire (1980),

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Other Names

Gaelic: Luatharan-breac Welsh: Pibudd Brych
Danish: Plettet mudderklire Dutch: Amerikanse Oeverloper
Finnish: Amerikanrantasipi French: Chevalier grivelé
German: Drosseluferläufer Hungarian: Pettyes cankó
Icelandic: Dílastelkur Irish: Gobadán Breac
Italian: Piro piro macchiato Norwegian: Flekksnipe
Polish: Brodziec plamisty Portuguese: Maçarico-maculado
Spanish: Andarríos maculado Swedish: Fläckdrillsnäppa

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