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Thanks for the ID Syrphus,
I looked at Dunlin first, then Curlew Sandpiper, Knot and Little Stint. I was quite unsure but I knew if I was wrong I'd be put right.
I need to study these small waders quite a lot to make myself familiar with them.
Little Stint and Dunlin can be very tricky to tell apart in the field; like most things, it takes practice. Your picture looks very much like a juvenile Dunlin
Thanks for your message Turnstone,
I'd forgotten I'd also looked at Turnstone, that was the first one I looked at but quickly moved on. For some reason I thought Little Stint appeared more like my bird than the others I looked at but I was prepared to be corrected at the same time.
Yeah Ive always been unsure of the small coastal waders and its high time I got to know their differences.
If you use Dunlin as your yardstick, coming to grips with all the various plumages and characteristics of this species, when something different appears in your scope/bins it will help you with your identification. Is it smaller than a Dunlin? Is it larger than a Dunlin? Does it walk like a Dunlin etc? If you can eliminate it as a Dunlin, then what species is it? Maybe not a technique for the purists but can certainly help when coming to grips with wader identification
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Lat/Lng: 55.0828, -6.0544
OS grid ref: NW413839
Shingle beach, low tide.