|Sanderlings in winter plumage|
|Small, round, pale grey. bright white. Black bill and feet.|
"Unlike most sandpipers, they are quite tame even during winter and are a delight to watch as they retreat and advance with the breaking waves." ... flocks of Sanderlings ... spread out in long lines along the water's edge and run in small groups of twos or threes."That describes them perfectly. They allowed us to come within a couple of metres from where they were feeding, and even then, ran towards us. The waves were smallish, not quite enough to swamp the birds, so they didn't retreat, but let the water wash over them even as they probed for food.
The guide also mentions the stripe on their wings, seen in flight.
|The book mentions a white stripe: I see the dark edge of it on a mostly white bird.|
|Just a bit longer and thinner, and a definite brown, with a brown collar. Dark brown legs and bill.|
|And the bill is longer than the sanderlings', and just slightly curved downward.|
*I could be wrong on the sanderlings, too; peeps in general confuse me.