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Green Sandpiper, Tringa ochropus, Skogssnäppa, Skogssnäppa

Thanks to SteveClifton at Birdforum I could identify this bird.

Forum thread HERE


The Green Sandpiper (Tringa ochropus), called Skogssnäppa in Skåne, is a small wader (shorebird) of the Old World. The genus name Tringa is the New Latin name given to the Green Sandpiper by Aldrovandus in 1599 based on Ancient Greek trungas, a thrush-sized, white-rumped, tail-bobbing wading bird mentioned by Aristotle. The specific ochropus is from Ancient Greek okhros, "ochre", and pous, "foot".

The Green Sandpiper represents an ancient lineage of the genus Tringa; its only close living relative is the solitary sandpiper (T. solitaria). They both have brown wings with little light dots and a delicate but contrasting neck and chest pattern. In addition, both species nest in trees, unlike most other scolopacids.

Given its basal position in Tringa, it is fairly unsurprising that suspected cases of hybridisation between this species and the Common Sandpiper (A. hypoleucos) of the sister genus Actitis have been reported.

Distribution and ecology

It breeds across subarctic Europe and Asia and is a migratory bird, wintering in southern Europe, the Indian Subcontinent, Southeast Asia, and tropical Africa. Food is small invertebrate items picked off the mud as this species works steadily around the edges of its chosen pond.

This is not a gregarious species, although sometimes small numbers congregate in suitable feeding areas. Green sandpiper is very much a bird of freshwater, and is often found in sites too restricted for other waders, which tend to like a clear all-round view.

Green Sandpiper, Tringa ochropus, Skogssnäppa
Eggs, Collection Museum Wiesbaden
By Klaus Rassinger und Gerhard Cammerer, Museum Wiesbaden - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

It lays 2–4 eggs in an old tree nest of another species, such as a Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris). The clutch takes about three weeks to hatch.

The Green Sandpiper is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies.

Widely distributed and not uncommon, it is not considered a threatened species by the IUCN on a global scale.

Green Sandpiper, Tringa ochropus, Skogssnäppa

Range map from Ornithological Portal
Range map from - Ornithological Portal is one of those MUST visit pages if you're in to bird watching. You can find just about everything there

This species is a somewhat plump wader with a dark greenish-brown back and wings, greyish head and breast and otherwise white underparts. The back is spotted white to varying extents, being maximal in the breeding adult, and less in winter and young birds. The legs and short bill are both dark green.

It is conspicuous and characteristically patterned in flight, with the wings dark above and below and a brilliant white rump. The latter feature reliably distinguishes it from the slightly smaller but otherwise very similar solitary sandpiper (T. solitaria) of North America.

In flight it has a characteristic three-note whistle

Listen to the Green Sandpiper

Remarks from the Recordist

display in flight

Remarks from the Recordist

Sitting on a wire along road #99 between Pajala and Haparanda in Sweden.

I stop the car and I go out to get a picture, then the bird starting to fly around me in circles giving alarm call

The bird was obviously sitting on the wire keeping an eye out while the partner was sitting on the nest.

I had a few quick pictures and I gave it a quick look for the nest. Never found it and I was out of there in a minute as the bird was stressed and I didn't wanted to disturb

Conservation status
European Stonechat, Saxicola rubicola
Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2.
International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Sighted: (Date of first photo that I could use) 12 July 2018
Location: Road #99 between Pajala and Haparanda

PLEASE! As I'm a first time birdwatcher bear in mind that some of the bird can be wrongly named. I have bought books and I confirm on the internet to get the right identity on the birds I take pictures off. But there can still be mistakes.

I have had most help from my friend, the bird pal I met at Suan Rot Fai. Sending pictures of birds I have not been able to identify to him via Line. 3 minutes later he and he have managed to identify most of the birds I have had problems with. THANKS! Visit his web page m☥lever for his beautiful pictures.

And my new aid, maybe, and I say maybe the best aid. I brought my mobile phone as my SIM card have stopped working and I tried to get it to work again so I can use the internet. Thus I had my phone in my pocket on my first game drive in Jim Corbett National Park.

We saw a bird and I asked my Guide and the driver if they had a pen and a paper as I had forgot my pen and paper in my room. I remembered my LG phone and I recorded the name. And thus I will always bring my phone. Writing the name in the car and I have found more than once that it can be hard to read what I had wrote when I'm back in my room.

So now I always have my mobile in my pocket and it has been a great help.

Green Sandpiper, Tringa ochropus, Skogssnäppa
Green Sandpiper/ Skogssnäppa - 12 July 2018 - Road #99 between Pajala and Haparanda

Green Sandpiper, Tringa ochropus, Skogssnäppa
Green Sandpiper/ Skogssnäppa - 12 July 2018 - Road #99 between Pajala and Haparanda

Green Sandpiper, Tringa ochropus, Skogssnäppa
Green Sandpiper/ Skogssnäppa - 12 July 2018 - Road #99 between Pajala and Haparanda

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