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Sanderling - Sandløper - Calidris alba
Sandlopare - Sandløber - Pulmussiri - Drieteenstrandloper - Bécasseau sanderling - Correlimos Tridáctilo

 Sanderling at Bamburgh, Northumberland, December 2010

Sanderling, Øygarden, September 2015
Sanderling, Øygarden, September 2015

Sanderlings feeding on the shore at Newbiggin-by-the-sea, Northumberland, February 2017

Contrary to its name this species often likes rocky shores - in Øygarden the best way to see this species is often to explore the offshore skerries in a small boat. The rocks, seaweed and barnacles give a very nice background for photographing waders.

Bamburgh, December 2010

I always associate Sanderling with the long sandy beaches in Northumberland where flocks of these charismatic waders used to belt up and down the shore as the waves crashed in.

The species also uses rocky shorelines during both autumn migration and in the winter quarters (often seen on rocky shorelines on Lanzarote).

They are not a particularly shy species and, given the chance, relatively easy to photograph.

For more details about this species at Stag Rocks, Northumerland, England click here. In Øygarden this species is a regular autumn migrant.

Sanderling jumping to safety, Herdlevær, 30 August 2011

Sanderling - sandløper - calidris alba
First year bird(?) - picture taken at Herdlevær, Øygarden, September 2009

Sanderling, Herdlevær, September 2019

Above and below: Sanderling at Herdlevær, Øygarden, September 2019

Sanderling, Herdlevær, September 2019

Sanderling - sandløper - calidris alba
Two first year birds, Herdlevær, Øygarden, September 2009

Sanderling on Bamburgh beach, Northumberland, December 2010

Sanderlings feeding at Newbiggin-by-the-Sea
Sanderlings, Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, Northumberland, December 2012

Colour ringed Sanderling, Newbiggin-by-the-Sea
Colour ringed Sanderling, Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, Northumberland, December 2012
This bird was ringed in Iceland on 28 May 2010 and has spent the following winters on the south Northumberland coast between Newbiggin and Whitley Bay as well as being re-sighted in Iceland.

Colour ringed Sanderling, Iceland, May 2022

A couple of colour-ringed Sanderling from Iceland, May 2022
Not often we see Sanderling in breeding plumage in Northumberland or even southern Norway for that matter

Colour ringed Sanderling, Iceland, May 2022



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