So once on the dunes area today I picked up a few birds high up on the beach area....a few Dunlin and 10 or so Ringed plover. The south side of the pier was no resting place for waders today as the sea lashed against it.
A large flock of small waders "put up" as I approached the pier from the beach....Sanderling in numbers Ive not seen here so far this Winter! managed to count 73 birds (when they rested up for a short time). In fact this could be my largest count to date here! Another local lad had almost 60 of these birds here a couple of days back Ive just found out today, looks like a movement of these birds starting to take place.
The average count over the last few months has been around 10-20 Sanderling, which is lower than normal but Whitburn has had better numbers.
One bird did have signs of being colour ringed/flagged but only a green band(or what was left of a flag) was showing on its leg and I couldn't see any other rings.
Cracking sight love these little waders!