Sanderling Calidris alba

Calvert  - 26th July 2009

Photo copyright Tim Watts

Sanderlings are very scarce in the county in July.   Click here to see a graph of Bucks records for this species.  This follows one at Little Marlow GP on 19th and another, or possibly the same bird at Dorney Lake on 22nd July.  This is an adult bird that is starting to moult into winter plumage.  Note the pale grey features appearing on the upperparts.

Caldecotte Lake  - May 2008

Photo copyright Greg Tappenden

Although photographed in May this adult does not show the full breeding plumage of this species, which is far more chestnut.   This species is an annual visitor to the county with the majority of records in May. 

Dorney Lake  - 14th May 2007

Photos supplied by Jim Rose

This individual was seen on the return lake at Dorney Lake along with two Temminck's Stints. 

Willen Lake  - 14th May 2004

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Photos supplied by Ashley Beolens

This individual is resting on a "sausage", the local nickname for the rafts of herbage which are used to reduce blue-green algae.  Rather amusingly a report in the Email group saying that the "Sanderling was feeding on sausages" was repeated by one of the national bird information services! 

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