When to see
Sanderling will normally be absent from the bay during the breeding season in June and July, but other than that they will be seen for most of the year, albeit in relatively small numbers. Slightly larger numbers can often be encountered either side of the breeding season as birds migrate through.
Where to see
Sanderling will almost exclusively feed close to water. On Findhorn Bay they will frequently be seen in mixed flocks with the Dunlin on the edges of the channels or where shallow water is still standing. The other location that they can often be seen is on the beach at the waters edge where they will be running along the edge looking for food.
In winter the Sanderling is a pale grey colour above and white underneath. By late spring the summer breeding plumage develops which gives it more colour on the back as well as a red plumage around the head and breast.
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