Ruddy Turnstones (the ones with the red legs) and Sanderlings* (the white and pale grey ones) having fun on the beach at Marazion.

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The way in which they ran in to the sea as the waves retreated and then ran back again as the waves came in made me smile. Their behaviour was reminiscent of small children chasing the waves.


The Sanderlingโ€™s black legs blur as it runs back and forth on the beach, picking or probing for tiny prey in the wet sand left by receding waves.

* I think they are sanderlings, or maybe a semipalmatedย sandpiper, the trouble is there are several species that look very similar. Maybe Becky can ID them?


26 thoughts on “A winter’s day on the sea shore

    1. Thank you Meg. Same to you and all your family. Have fun! Such a shame we haven’t been able to meet up whilst you are in Europe, but I am guessing it is too late now. Next time for definite.


      1. It didn’t pan out as I expected. I couldn’t bear being away from the kids for long enough to go far afield, and pre-school dropoff on four days also put a hole in adventures out of Morskie Oko. I doubt I’ll even get to Poznaล„ to see my friend there. Australia begins arriving on January 24, and my granddaughter is talking about staying on and exploring a bit on her own. Next time I’ll plan ahead for it – that’s how I managed 2014.


    1. We only stopped by for a coffee at the hotel which overlooks St Michael’s Mount, one of our favourite spots to sit and enjoy the view. Got distracted by these lovely little sandpipers.


    1. I’m not sure of anything except they are some kind of sandpiper – there are a lot! Could be a dunlin in winter plumage. Sanderlings are similar but pale grey and white and I think have a shorter bill. I’ll never be a twitcher!!

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  1. You made it to the beach! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ And so did we today. It was fresh but sunny, with an excellent seafood restaurant. Drawing breath before James arrives. No Lisa, sadly, and yes, it was Beamish. Glad you liked it. Hugs, Jude.

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  2. How on earth did I miss this beautiful post . . .and you linked to my blog. Most odd ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    And yes you are right with your identification – they are definitely Turnstones. And after a chat with my guru (MrB) I am feeling pretty confident that the others are Sanderlings. They are certainly behaving like Sanderlings on a beach ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. PS Just seen your comment to Jo about Inspector Montalbano. I also love the series, was one of the very last things that my Dad recommended to me before he lost the power of his speech. We watched a few together and so it brings back really lovely memories.

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