Name these beach birds?
We came across the quite tame waders below in Barbados while on holiday there in February. They look like Sanderlings. The waders on the photo above appear to be of the plover family, but which one? Bernard Spencer
QYou’re right, they are Sanderlings. We often forget that a lot of species found in the UK are widespread globally, and seeing them seemingly out of place can be confusing! We had a good look to check that these weren’t the quite similar Semipalmated Sandpiper, but these birds are too pale and not grey enough to be that species. The one on the left has no back toe, a typical Sanderling feature, and although one of the birds has a rather downcurved bill, we’re putting that down to normal variation. The plovers above are Semipalmated Plovers, once considered a subspecies of the Ringed Plover.