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Common Sandpiper age (UK)

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Old Saturday 23rd July 2011, 08:58   #1
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Common Sandpiper age (UK)

Hello

This photo was taken a few days ago in north Cumbria. I assumed it was an adult bird at the time, but I'm now wondering if it could be a juvenile?

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Old Saturday 23rd July 2011, 09:05   #2
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Hi, this is an adult, note the worn and frayed looking coverts.Juveniles are very fresh and crisp looking with lots of pale bars on the wing coverts,

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Thanks for the confirmation, Pete.

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