Tim writes: this was the primary time I had managed a good shot of a Curlew Sandpiper. I took it at Adwick washlands close to Barnsley early morning in September. The solar was shining with out a breath of wind and this Curlew Sandpiper was shut. The water floor was rippleless creating excellent mirrored reflections. I managed to seize this simply earlier than the gentlest of breezes began and demirrored the water floor.
Curlew Sandpipers breed in NW Siberia however migrate via Britain in variable numbers on passage to and from their wintering grounds in West Africa and SW Europe. The numbers peak in September and this one is a juvenile, recognized by its Weetabix plumage. They’re a tad bigger than Dunlin with a white rump, longer legs and an extended, downcurved invoice, therefore the identify Curlew Sandpiper. It has been proven that the age construction of Curlew Sandpipers correlates with the Siberian Lemming cycle. When Lemmings are scarce, the proportion of juveniles can also be low. This implies that Arctic predators swap to waders when Lemming numbers are low. However the variety of Curlew Sandpipers arriving in Britain has extra to do with climate patterns than Lemming cycles. Additionally of curiosity, there are scarcely any information of Curlew Sandpipers overwintering in Britain.