Sanderling Citizen Science

Just to be clear, this is about people studying shorebirds, not a surreal Sanderling society where small, dumpy birds study the humans on a day out at the beach…

…So anyway, the other day I was at the beach.  I was at Dungeness with my telescope on the lookout for terns using the area as a fishing ground as part of my summer contract of tern monitoring.  But as its near the end of a pretty dismal breeding season in Sussex, there weren’t too many terns.  Instead I was drawn to some small shorebirds running along the water’s edge looking for food.  They were Sanderling and the very first one I saw happened to be colour ringed!

Sanderling

A pretty poor image but not bad for a phone down a dirty scope when Sanderlings never stand still!

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Finding Somewhere Special

In the last few weeks before leaving the island, Teresa and I took the opportunity to walk the routes that you just can’t get to during the breeding season on Skokholm.  This photo was taken from a spot that is full of hundreds of Puffin and Manx Shearwaters during the summer months, and even out of season I had to be careful with burrows but it was worth it for this view- it sums up why I love the place.

where's your favourite place?

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