Name: Green Sandpiper
Scientific name: Tringa ochropus
Nature Stars: 50
About: A medium sized, elegant sandpiper, about 22cm long. Very dark blackish-green above, spotted with white and with a bright white belly. Green Sandpipers have a medium-length straight black bill and dark greenish legs. Green Sandpipers feed around the edge o
How to identify: Sandpipers can be a difficult group of birds to get to grips with. When they fly, Green Sandpipers look black above, with a white belly and a white rump. They are most similar to Wood Sandpiper and Common Sandpiper, but are much darker than both.
Where: A winter visitor and passage migrant to inland wetlands throughout Britain.
Fantastic fact: Green Sandpipers nest in trees, using old thrush nests.
Photograph credit: Photo credit tbc