Shorebirds: Sanderling

Photo of Sanderling

Sanderlings (center, and larger birds pictured) are one of the few species of shorebirds (Dunlin included) present on New England beaches throughout the white season.  In fact, Sanderings can be found on most any beach on earth, where they can be seen running back-and-forth with crashing waves as they feed on various invertebrates.  Classified in the genus Calidris, Sanderlings (SAND, in 4-letter bird code) are relatives of Semi-palmated Sandpipers, who are the smaller birds pictured.  This mixed flock was resting on a Biddeford Pool beach.

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