I can’t ID all of th­ese birds

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QI took this photo on the beach at Titch­well Marsh RSPB re­cently. I can iden­tify the Blackand Bar-tailed God­wits along with the Sand­wich Terns, but I’m strug­gling with the smaller waders, two of which are fly­ing below one of the Bar-taileds. I won­dered if they could they be Dun­lin or San­der­ling or some­thing else? Alan Her­bert

A Nice pic, and you’re spot on with the god­wits and the Sand­wich Terns. The smaller waders, though, are Knot. They’re larger and rather stock­ier than ei­ther Dun­lin or San­der­ling, and they seem to be in a va­ri­ety of stages of moult from breed­ing plumage to win­ter plumage – some still have rather ru­fous tones to the breast (from which the species gets its Amer­i­can name, Red Knot), while oth­ers are largely grey and white. Large num­bers of Knot ar­rive in north Nor­folk and the Wash in late sum­mer, to spend the win­ter there, but sig­nif­i­cant num­bers of non-breed­ers also re­main dur­ing the sum­mer – a visit to some­where like Snet­tisham even in early sum­mer can re­veal hun­dreds or even a few thou­sands.

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