Balcony Birding: Green Sandpiper



The Green Sandpiper is a small wader or shorebird that belongs to the family of snipes and sandpipers, the Scolopacidae. It has a long & straight bill, small body and short legs. I have mistook it as a swallow many a times due to its size and swift flight. It often appears nervous and will fly off with a low zig-zagging flight when disturbed.

Green Sandpiper | Tringa Ochropus @ Hauz Khas Lake

The sandpiper is a migratory bird that breeds across Subarctic Europe & Asia and winters in Southern Europe. India, SE Asia and tropical Africa. It is a rare breeding bird in the UK and is mainly seen there when it visits in winter.

Flying across my balcony

Unlike most other birds in its family, the Green Sandpiper nests in trees. Also, instead of building a nest, it uses an old one, abandoned by other species, like thrushes.

Balcony Birding: Zig zagging across the sky

The name “sandpiper” actually comes from the voices of these birds, which are musical.

In it’s natural habitat along with Indian Spot-Billed Ducks

During the breeding season, the Green Sandpiper male performs a typical display flight, rising first on quickly fluttering or vibrating wings. Then, it flies in circles or semicircular pattern before doing a steep dive on fixed wings. It repeats this display several times, accompanied by song.

Do watch out for the next post on another species from my #BalconyBirdingList

Posts shared so far on:
1. Rosy Starlings
2. Alexandrine Parakeet
3. Rose-Ringed Parakeet

4. Plum Headed Parakeet
5. Indian Spot-Billed Duck
6. Yellow-Footed Green Pigeon
7. Black-Winged Stilt
8. Indian Peafowl
9. Indian Purple Sunbird
10. Green Bee-Eater
11. Indian Silverbill
12. Black-Headed Ibis
13. Red-Naped Ibis
14. Glossy Ibis
15. Little Swift
16. Red-Wattled Lapwing
17. Wire-Tailed Swallow
18. Great Cormorant

19. Black-Rumped Flameback
20. Black Kite
21. Shikra
22. Oriental Honey Buzzard
23. Greater Spotted Eagle

24. Green Sandpiper


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Monika Ohson | TravelerInMe

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34 responses »

  1. It’s hard to get great shots of birds in flight, but you’ve done it very well. Birds are most beautiful. I always take the time to watch and admire them.

    Thank you for joining the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Wordless Wednesday. ♥

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  2. Lovely photos. I have occasionally seen green sandpipers on the marshes on the river below us. We regularly see the common sandpiper too, but both only during the winter months.

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  4. I checked the equivalent in Romanian but there are more! 🙂
    The first and the last images are awesome!
    Thank you, Monika for this new lesson, inspired from our balcony!
    Have a beautiful weekend! ❤

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  5. The green sandpiper is a very nice bird, with its long beak and thin legs. I really like the last photo, in which the birds sit so peacefully on the tree trunk without taking into account the difference in species.

    Have a wonderful weekend, dear Monika!

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