Sanderlings move along the tideline. There are usually a lot of them; they walk rather than fly and make a lot of noise. They’re not hard to see or hear. In the evening you can walk past them however high the tide and it doesn’t seem to bother them, but, if you stop, they do fly off. It will be en masse with even more chatter, but they’ll only go a little way up the beach before settling down again.
This was recorded around about the foot of Holland Road in Westcliff; I had to stand a little way back to stop them flying off but you can hear them as they move about, and there’s the sound of a ship’s engine plus passing road traffic, but it’s still pretty wild in Westcliff at 11.55pm.
The image of a sanderling is by Mike Baird and is used under a Creative Commons (Attribution) licence. View the original here.