Common Sandpiper

The common sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos) is a summer visitor to the UK, found mainly in upland areas of North of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. In Scotland you will often see them near fast-flower rivers and burns and around the edges of upland lochs. They have a characteristic way of “bobbing” their tails as they move around or stand on a rock. This bobbing is known as “teetering”, listen out for their three note alarm call as they fly off when disturbed.