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Stilt Sandpiper (Middle) with two Dunlin -

The Stilt Sandpiper (Calidris himantopus) is a wader.

This bird is a rare vagrant to Britain & Ireland, and those which do turn up are usually adults in late summer. There have been less than 30 records in Britain. They have a length of 18-23cm, and a wingspan of about 40cm. They breed in America, and are blown over by strong winds.

In Britain, they often mix in with species such as Redshanks, Dunlin and Ruffs.

Adults are strongly barred, and have a rufous head and a white eye-stripe. They have long legs, and that's how they got their name.

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