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Purple Sandpiper - Fjæreplytt - Calidris maritima
This is the wader English birders come to see at Stag Rocks where it usually winters in good numbers. The origin of these birds may well be Norway as the "short" billed birds dominate on the NE coast of England. Small numbers turn up towrds the end of July - often in summer plumage but the numbers do not start building up for real before well into October.

In the spring numbers decline steadily and by the end of May all have departed.

The record count during the period I counted waders there is 400 individuals on 20 December 1986.

Sanderling numbers at Stag Rocks 1985 -1990



Purple Sandpiper
Stag Rocks, April 2009





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