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Sanderling

Observed: 4th October 2012 By: gramandy
Kent Wildlife TrustThanet Coast ProjectWildwood Trust
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Sanderling
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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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Early

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.

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ok thanks...

...didn't appear here til January last year. Does this mean it's going to be cold or anything?

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Cold

...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.

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jonnam318's picture

Sanderling

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.