RE: [ozbirdpix] Sanderling- ref Norman D.van Swelm

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Subject: RE: [ozbirdpix] Sanderling- ref Norman D.van Swelm
From: John Leonard <>
Date: Sun, 1 Jan 2006 20:58:41 +1100
Like many another Birding-aus person I learnt to recognise Sanderling in the UK, where they were easy to identify ("the very pale wader running up and down the sandy beach ahead of the waves"!), and consequently I never noticed the absence of hind-toe.

But this leads me to ask, why then isn't the Sanderling in its own genus, how different does a sandpiper have to be before it gets shifted out of Calidris?

John L

On 1/1/06, Mike Simpson <> wrote:
Hi Tony,

Your message caused me to dig out my copy of the English 'Macmillan Field
Guide to Bird Identification' and sure enough, under Sanderling is the
comment "Unlike other waders, it lacks a hind claw (close-range views are
required to establish this)"

I had not realized this in the past, but was used to seeing flocks of
hundreds (possibly thousands) of Sanderlings and Dunlins on my local beach
while living in N.E.England in the 1990s.

Regards, Mike Simpson
Penrith, NSW, Australia

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