The kingfisher was common; the swallows had not yet taken their flight, and in some places the sandpiper was seen upon the bank.
It had no tail, but it wagged the hind end of its body just as a sandpiper does.
And lo and behold, not 30 yards behind, the sandpiper stood and studied me contemptuously!
The water there is so shallow that our governess used to allow us to wander at will, to run on ahead in pursuit of a sandpiper.
Their call note, to my ears, is very much like that of the least sandpiper, but shriller and less melodious.
Such a rara avis as the grey phalarope--a wading bird like the sandpiper--occasionally finds its way to the Cotswolds.
The heron was probably eating frogs or fish, and the sandpiper some of the small sea creatures thrown up by the waves.
Similar in appearance to the Red-backed sandpiper, but not so reddish above, and the latter has the black patch on the belly.
Dunlin, a British bird (Tringa alpina), a species of sandpiper, occurring in vast flocks along sandy shores.
They have a thrush-like bill and the teetering habits of the sandpiper, and they are said to be one of the sweetest of songsters.