seems early for the Sanderling to appear - could these be a couple of stragglers who never left but have reappeared at West Bay?
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It's not at all early, to be honest. Returning birds can be seen from July onwards, so by October you would expect to see numbers building a bit.
My Flickr photos...
...didn't appear here til January last year. Does this mean it's going to be cold or anything?
...only if you forget to turn your heating on.
I suppose it varies from site to site, and it may be that the flocks only reach you in numbers later in the year. It would be interesting to keep counts and so build up a picture over the years.
Gramandy, if you go a little bit further down to Kingsgate near Broadstairs, I observed over a hundred of sanderlings a couple of days ago. Good luck.
Lat/Lng: 51.3829, 1.3298
OS grid ref: TR317701