I can’t ID all of these birds
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.