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Sanderling (Calidris alba)
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Sanderling (Calidris alba)

General Description: Sanderlings (Calidris alba) are the small, short-legged shorebirds that we see running up and down sandy beaches following the edge of the surging and receding waves.

Sanderlings have distinct summer and winter plumage. In summer, they are reddish-brown above and light below, but they breed in the high arctic, so we rarely see that plumage. In winter, Sanderlings are light gray above and white below, with a black crescent along the edge of the folded wing. The bill is short, straight, and black; and the legs are black.

Taxonomy: Charadriiformes, Scolopacidae, Scolopacinae.

Favored Habitat: Sandy beaches at the edge of the surf.

Sanderling (Calidris alba)

Where to Find: Don't look for Sanderlings around Las Vegas. Rather, look for them during winter on trips to the coast where they can be found along both coasts of North and South America.

Comments: Some Sanderlings breed in the high arctic and winter in Argentina, but most don't bother to fly that far south.

Sanderling (Calidris alba) If you were a tasty sand crab or other little isopod, a herd of these faces this might be the last you ever see!
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Sanderlings and a Black Turnstone coming in to rest
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Sanderlings and Black Turnstone concerned about splashing waves
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Sanderlings foraging on a sandy beach
Sanderling (Calidris alba)
During fall migration: notice the bit of red breeding plumage
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Sanderlings resting in the rocks during high tide
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Sanderling in the Galapagos Islands
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Winter Sanderling, Dunedin, Florida
Sanderling (Calidris alba)
Winter Sanderling, Dunedin, Florida
Sanderling (Calidris alba)
Winter Sanderling, Dunedin, Florida
Sanderling (Calidris alba)
Winter Sanderling, Dunedin, Florida
Sanderling (Calidris alba)
Winter Sanderling, Dunedin, Florida
Sanderling (Calidris alba)
Winter Sanderling, Dunedin, Florida
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Sanderling and Dunlin, Dunedin, Florida
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Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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