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Wader ID quiz
SCOPING the scrape while visiting a coastal reserve during the first wave of wader migration, you note a small brownish calidrid with a slightly decurved bill. Dunlin is the most likely, but there is always the potential for it to be one of the scarcer or rarer species.
You try to age the bird first, before fully addressing its species, and begin to assess the streaking, distribution of colour, proportions and shape and length of bill, before you come to conclusion. Having digested the information in Andy Stoddart's ID photo guide in the August edition of Birdwatch, let us know which species this mystery bird is.