Scientific name: Calidris canutus
Nature Stars: 50
About: A medium sized, stocky sandpiper, about 25cm long. In the winter they are silvery grey, white underneath, with a medium-length, straight dark bill and shortish grey-green legs. During the summer, adults are brick red underneath, with orange and black patt
How to identify: Sandpipers can be a difficult group of birds to get to grips with. However, the Knot is one of the more easily identified species, being fairly large and chunky, with shortish greeny legs. When they fly, Knot have a pale grey tail, rump and back, with a w
Where: A very common winter visitor to our coast, gathering in very large numbers on muddy estuaries.
Fantastic fact: Named after King Canute, who famously stood on the beach trying (unsuccessfully) to order the tide not to come in.
Photograph credit: Stefan Johansson / avesphoto.se