Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola)

The Wood Sandpiper is a small, 8" (20cm) bird with slim proportions. In non-breeding plumage, the upperparts are pale greenish-brown, flecked with white. The wings have white edges. They have a white supercillary stripe (eyebrow), belly and rump. The sides of the belly and neck have soft barring. They have bright yellow-green legs and feet which are unlike the Green Sandpiper and Common Sandpiper.
In breeding plumage, seen in April, the streaks on the neck and barring on the sides of the breast & belly get heavier and more defined.

Wood Sandpipers are usually found in small, spread-out groups, or alone, wading at the shorelines of lakes, flooded grasslands, rivers or marshland, or walking on floating vegetation. Rarely is it seen outside of freshwater areas.

Wood Sandpipers are mainly carniverous (although it will eat algae) and eats molluscs, aquatic insects and their larvae, worms, crustaceans, arachnids and small fish & frogs. It can often be seen sweeping its bill from side-to side and feeling with its feet in muddied water.

The Wood Sandpiper is found in the west of Kenya, around main waterways. A very common palaeartic migrant, it is scarce from May to August.

Extra Wood Sandpiper Facts
The Wood Sandpiper has a monotone call "chif ~ if ~ if" and can commonly be heard in wet areas.

Photographed in Kenya's Olare Orok Conservancy.

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Wood Sandpiper ~ Feet

Wood Sandpiper standing beside water, showing its long 'toes'.

Wood Sandpiper ~ Walking

Wood Sandpiper walking across a muddy riverbank, showing its long green legs ('shanks' - which is where its name comes from).

Wood Sandpiper ~ Fishing

Wood Sandpiper fishing in a small pool, swinging its long, upward curved bill through the water.

Wood Sandpiper ~ Eating

A Wood Sandpiper with a small fish in its bill, in the process of eating it.

Wood Sandpiper ~ on Grass

A Wood Sandpiper, striding across grass, en-route for shallow water.

Wood Sandpiper ~ with Catfish

Wood Sandpiper with a catfish in its beak, walking out of yellow water.

Wood Sandpiper ~ in Yellow Water

Wood Sandpiper, standing in stagnant yellow water.