From a tall, long-billed elegant, orange wader we move to a dumpy, short-billed, grey bird, which has the look of one of the dumpy Calidris sandpipers. It almost has the look of a Grey Plover, but the head shape is wrong, and Grey Plovers have more spangled upperparts, even in winter plumage (and black legs). The bill is too short for a Dunlin or Curlew Sandpiper, and the plumage too yellowish on the underparts for Sanderling. The latter can also be ruled out by the greenish legs and the presence of a rear toe (absent in Sanderling). This grey above , yellow-buff below look, combined with the finely edged wing feathers, should all point to the chunky juvenile Knot.
KEY FEATURES Chunky, grey, typically calidrid wader Short, thick bill is straight Neat, pale and black fringing to all wing feathers