Scientific name: Calidris alba
Nature Stars: 50
About: A medium sized sandpiper, about 20cm long. In the winter they are silvery grey, almost white with a bright white belly. Sanderlings have a medium-length straight black bill and black legs. Sanderling feed at the edge of the tide, scampering back and forth
How to identify: Similar to Knot, but smaller and paler, with a dark patch on the shoulder and with black, not greenish legs. Best recognised by their behaviour, scampering about on the beach rather than walking and probing in the mud.
Where: A common winter visitor to our coasts.
Fantastic fact: Sanderling only have three toes on each foot: they are missing the hind toe, which makes running easier.
Photograph credit: Photo credit tbc