May 23, 2017

Sanderling

We found a mixed flock of shorebirds, thanks to a local birder, including one black bellied plover, dunlin and sanderlings.
The front bird is changing over to breeding plumage.

Calidris alba

Sanderlings breed on the High Arctic tundra and migrate south in fall to become one of the most common birds along beaches. They gather in loose flocks to probe the sand of wave-washed beaches for marine invertebrates, running back and forth in a perpetual “wave chase.”

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