The sanderling is a small, plump, energetic wading bird. It has a short straight black bill and medium length black legs. It is pale grey above and white underneath, and there is a black mark at its shoulder where the folded wing meets the body. It does not breed in the UK, but is a winter visitor and passage migrant in spring and autumn, journeying to and from their high Arctic breeding grounds.
What they eat:
Small marine worms, crustaceans and molluscs.
- UK wintering:
- 16,000 individuals
- UK passage:
- 40,000 individuals
This bird species has different identifying features depending on sex/age/season.