Green Sandpiper (Tringa ochropus)
North Hide Pathway 28-08-2018
[order] Charadriiformes | [family] Scolopacidae | [latin] Tringa ochropus | [UK] Green Sandpiper | [FR] Chevalier cul-blanc | [DE] Waldwasserläufer | [ES] Andarríos Grande | [IT] Piro-piro culbianco | [NL] Witgat | [IRL] Gobadán glas
spanwidth min.: 41 cm
spanwidth max.: 46 cm
size min.: 20 cm
size max.: 24 cm
incubation min.: 20 days
incubation max.: 23 days
fledging min.: 26 days
fledging max.: 29 days
eggs min.: 3
eggs max.: 4
Status: Scarce passage migrant and winter visitor to wetlands.
Conservation Concern: Green-listed in Ireland. The European population has been evaluated as Secure.
Identification: Slightly larger and very similar to Common Sandpiper. Adult birds have a dark head and upperparts, contrasting markedly with the white belly. The legs are a pale green, while the bill is a dark grey-green. In flight, the most obvious feature is the large white rump contrasting with the dark wings and tail. Juvenile Green Sandpipers are very similar to adults, though can be identified by having the upperparts finely spotted white.
Similar Species: Wood Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Redshank
Call: The flight call is loud "chu-wit-wit".
Diet: Feeds mostly on invertebrates in mudflats.
Breeding: Does not breed in Ireland. Passage or wintering Green Sandpipers breed in bogs and marshes from Central Europe and Scandinavia east across Asia. Passage birds feed in freshwater wetlands, such as the edges of lakes, ponds, rivers and even streams and ditches. Rarely seen at coastal estuaries.
Wintering: Small numbers winter in southern and eastern Counties.
Where to See: Rogerstown Estuary in County Dublin is one of the best sites to see Green Sandpipers in Ireland