Sanderling / Correlimos tridáctilo
Maximum size: 20 cm
These waders or shorebirds live in marshes, at the edge of lagoons
and in muddy, slimy lands. They can be seen in intertidal areas pecking
about in the mud, actively running around with their swift, short steps,
searching for food, fundamentally worms, prawns, molluscs and dead fish.
They are gregarious and they make small groups moving around in lagoon
areas and the sea-side shore.
Most of the wintering individuals in the Iberian Peninsula spend the
winter in Andalusia. Even though they favour the cost, they are an
usual sight in wetlands and lagoon areas such as Fuente de Piedra (Málaga).
In Doñana they can only be seen on the beaches, throughout the year,
although they are very scarce in the breeding season.