Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Lanzarote Sanderling - amazing migration

While Rob and I were birding in Lanzarote at the end of August we came across the colour ringed and flagged Sanderling below.
I sent the information to J.W.H. Reneerkens who carries out Sanderling ringing projects and he sent me the following info about the bird:-
Ringed on 16/8/2012 at Giend high tide roost Netherlands.
Sighted 8/3/2013 at Las Palmas beach, Lanzarote, Canary Islands.
Sighted 28/05/2013 at Ameland, Netherlands.
Sighted 29/08/2013 at Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote, Canary Islands

Amazing to think this bird probably travelled to and from it's breeding grounds in Greenland via Netherlands in between the two Lanzarote sightings too!


  1. Amazing to think this tiny bird can find a small island in the middle of the ocean, then fly north and return to the same place!

  2. Amazing to think that some people feel they have the right to deface beautiful wild creatures in this way.