During the winter period of 2007-2008 an impressive number of Knot were present in the creeks and mudflats around Two Tree Island. The first two images were taken on 30th December whilst the third was taken on 6th February 2008
Purple Sandpiper, Southend Pier, Essex - 7th January 2007
The pier is the most regular haunt of Purple Sandpipers in the Southend area in winter though their occurances here can be sporadic with some winters having multiple birds throughout the season and in others there are none.
Purple Sandpipers, Southend Pier, Essex - 29th March 2008
Good numbers of Purps wintered at the end of the pier this winter
Purple Sandpiper, Southend Pier, Essex 11th January 2009
Only one has returned this winter though as before it is a showy bird.
Purple Sandpiper, Southend Pier, Essex - 11th November 2007
Two birds at the end of the year could have been the returning birds from January above. High tide is best time to look for this species at this location as they will get pushed off the lower areas once they get covered with the tide.
Knot, Titchwell Beach, Norfolk - 6th October 2007
A couple from the archives. Note the delicate plumage details that makes juvenile / 1st winter bird far more interesting that a 'grey' wader. Good numbers can be found along the beach here in winter
Purple Sandpiper, North Haven, Fair Isle, October 2014
Not often had the opportunity to photograph Purple Sandpipers away from Southend Pier but this bird on Fair Isle lingered for a few days.
Little Ringed Plover
Dotterel, Peninnis Head, St. Marys, Scilly 10th October 2012
Dotterel, Gunners Park, Essex 20th September 2008
Dotterel, Wallasea Island, Essex 19th May 2014
Dotterel, Ward Hill, Fair Isle June 2014
Buff-breasted Sandpiper, St. Mary's, Isles of Scilly September 2010
Buff-breasted Sandpiper, St. Mary's, Isles of Scilly October 2010
Grey Phalarope, South Haven, Fair Isle, October 2014
Red-necked Phalarope, juvenile, Coopers Beach, East Mersea, Essex, 13th September 2008
Pectoral Sandpiper, Big Pool, St. Agnes Isles of Scilly October 2011
Pectoral Sandpiper, Tresco, Isles of Scilly September 2010
Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Peninnis Head, St. Marys Scilly 7th October 2012