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Curlew Sandpiper?

Observed: 2nd February 2012 By: MrGMrG’s reputation in BirdsMrG’s reputation in BirdsMrG’s reputation in Birds
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Wader with very clean white underparts and more or less uniform greyish upperparts. Legs black. Bill black, slightly downcurved, finer and longer than a Dunlin's. The picture with a Ringed Plover is for size comparison - the two birds were the same size. Overall like a Dunlin but more upright and I saw plenty of Dunlin soon after for comparison. This bird was by itself and walked methodically up and down the sandy foreshore with none of the scuttling exhibited by Dunlin and some other waders.
Apologies for the photos which were taken on a typical handheld camera and then cropped.

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Initial thoughts are that this does look like a Curlew Sandpiper. However, the third picture is not so convincing and it looks smaller than the Ringed Plover. It's a shame the legs are hidden in the first two pictures, as that would have helped. It does not look very long in the neck, but that could just be the position it is in. I can't really make out the extent of a supercilium, either. On balance, I am tending towards a long-beaked Dunlin, but not sure.


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I think the tip of the bill

I think the tip of the bill is too thick for a Curlew Sandpiper and it is unlikely as they are passage migrants - I did see a couple at Hengistbury but that was in the autumn - Did you see the Snow Bunting MrG?