Wood Sandpiper in all plumages is slimmer, leggier and more elegant
than most other sandpipers, more like a small Redshank. They also
have beautifully spangled upper-parts and an obvious pale super-cilium.
In flight Wood Sandpipers show a neat, square white rump but they
look brown and white not black and white and their underwings are
They breed in
marshes and peat bogs and on passages beside freshwater lagoons,
lakes and marshes. A few pairs breed in Scotland. One of the most
common breeding waders of Scandinavia, they occur as passage migrants
at many of the wetlands of central and southern Europe 'en route'
to their wintering areas in Africa. The European population is between
300-400,000 pairs, with the majority of these in Finland.