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Sanderling Image @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Barrow, AK
GPS: 71.2N, -156.3W, elev=24' MAP
Date: June 8, 2012
ID : B13K0116 [4896 x 3264]

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Sanderling (Western Sandpiper center)
 
 
Location: Playa del Rey (Dockweiler State Beach), CA
GPS: 33.9N, -118.4W, elev=14' MAP
Date: April 26, 2014
ID : B13K6183 [4896 x 3264]

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Sanderling Photo @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Playa del Rey (Dockweiler State Beach), CA
GPS: 33.9N, -118.4W, elev=14' MAP
Date: April 26, 2014
ID : B13K6103 [4896 x 3264]

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Sanderling Image @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, Northumberlands, United Kingdom
GPS: 55.2N, -1.5W, elev=7' MAP
Date: December 30, 2011
ID : B13K1975 [4896 x 3264]

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Sanderling Photo @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Salt Creek, Salton Sea, CA
GPS: 33.4N, -115.8W, elev=-225' MAP
Date: April 6, 2016
ID : B13K1395 [4896 x 3264]

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Sanderling Picture @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Kealia Ponds, Maui, Hawaii
GPS: 20.8N, -156.5W, elev=170' MAP
Date: October 21, 2015
ID : B13K9432 [4896 x 3264]

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Sanderling Picture @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Dockweiler Beach, CA
GPS: 33.9N, -118.4W, elev=16' MAP
Date: November 13, 2011
ID : B13K0004 [4896 x 3264]

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Sanderling Picture @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Playa del Rey (Ballona Creek), CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.4W, elev=0' MAP
Date: April 25, 2011
ID : B13K7839 [4896 x 3264]

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Sanderling Photo @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Playa del Rey (Ballona Creek), CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.4W, elev=0' MAP
Date: April 25, 2011
ID : B13K7834 [4896 x 3264]

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Sanderling Photo @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Playa del Rey (Ballona Creek), CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.4W, elev=0' MAP
Date: April 25, 2011
ID : B13K7867 [4896 x 3264]

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Sanderling Photo @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Pak Thale, Phetchaburi, Thailand
GPS: 13.1N, 100.1E, elev=3' MAP
Date: January 13, 2011
ID : B13K6559 [4896 x 3264]

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Sanderling Photo @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Provincetown (Cape Cod), MA
GPS: 42.1N, -70.2W, elev=27' MAP
Date: September 22, 2010
ID : 7C2V2981 [3888 x 2592]

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Sanderling Picture @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Provincetown (Cape Cod), MA
GPS: 42.1N, -70.2W, elev=27' MAP
Date: September 22, 2010
ID : 7C2V2986 [3888 x 2592]

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Sanderling (alternate plumage)
 
 
Location: Goleta, CA (Coal Oil Point Reserve)
GPS: 34.4N, -119.9W, elev=0' MAP
Date: July 13, 2009
ID : 7C2V9999 [3888 x 2592]

Sanderling Image @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Bolivar Flats, TX
GPS: 29.4N, -94.7W, elev=1' MAP
Date: August 28, 2009
ID : 7C2V2544 [3888 x 2592]

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Sanderling Photo @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Bolivar Flats, TX
GPS: 29.4N, -94.7W, elev=1' MAP
Date: August 31, 2009
ID : 7C2V3827 [3888 x 2592]

Sanderling Photo @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Bolivar Flats, TX
GPS: 29.4N, -94.7W, elev=1' MAP
Date: August 31, 2009
ID : 7C2V3826 [3888 x 2592]

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Sanderling Photo @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Bolivar Flats, TX
GPS: 29.4N, -94.7W, elev=1' MAP
Date: August 31, 2009
ID : 7C2V3833 [3888 x 2592]

Sanderling Picture @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Playa del Rey (Ballona Creek), CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.4W, elev=0' MAP
Date: April 21, 2008
ID : 8575 [3888 x 2592]

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Sanderling Photo @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Playa del Rey (Ballona Creek), CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.4W, elev=0' MAP
Date: April 21, 2008
ID : 8578 [3888 x 2592]

Sanderling Picture @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Playa del Rey (Ballona Creek), CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.4W, elev=0' MAP
Date: April 21, 2008
ID : 8582 [3888 x 2592]

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Sanderling Photo @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Playa del Rey (Ballona Creek), CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.4W, elev=0' MAP
Date: April 21, 2008
ID : 8601 [3888 x 2592]

Sanderling Photo @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Playa del Rey (Ballona Creek), CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.4W, elev=0' MAP
Date: April 21, 2008
ID : 8607 [3888 x 2592]

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Sanderling Picture @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Playa del Rey (Ballona Creek), CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.4W, elev=0' MAP
Date: April 21, 2008
ID : 8616 [3888 x 2592]

Sanderling Picture @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Playa del Rey (Ballona Creek), CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.4W, elev=0' MAP
Date: March 5, 2008
ID : 5235 [3888 x 2592]

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Sanderling Picture @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Playa del Rey (Ballona Creek), CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.4W, elev=0' MAP
Date: March 5, 2008
ID : 5234 [3888 x 2592]

Sanderling Photo @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Playa del Rey (Ballona Creek), CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.4W, elev=0' MAP
Date: February 6, 2008
ID : 3109 [3888 x 2592]

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Sanderling Picture @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Playa del Rey (Ballona Creek), CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.4W, elev=0' MAP
Date: January 9, 2008
ID : 2002 [3888 x 2592]

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SPECIES INFO

The Sanderling (Calidris alba, syn. Crocethia alba or Erolia alba) is a small wader. It is a circumpolar Arctic breeder, and is a long-distance migrant, wintering south to South America, South Europe, Africa, and Australia. It is highly gregarious in winter, sometimes forming large flocks on coastal mudflats or sandy beaches.

It is somewhat unlike other sandpipers in appearance, which has led to the suggestion that it should be placed into a monotypic genus Crocethia. A more recent review (Thomas et al., 2004) indicates, however, that the sanderling is a fairly typical "stint" or small sandpiper and should be separated from the large knots with its closest relatives in a distinct genus.

This bird is similar in size to a Dunlin, but stouter, with a thick bill. It shows a strong white wingbar in flight, and runs along the sandy beaches it prefers with a characteristic "bicycling" action, stopping frequently to pick small food items. It eats small crabs and other small invertebrates. In spring, birds migrating north from South America consume large numbers of horseshoe crab eggs in the Delaware Bay area.

In spring, the birds arrival on the High Arctic breeding grounds (see map), where they lay 3-4 eggs in a ground scrape. Later in the summer, the face and throat become brick-red. On the nesting grounds, these birds mainly eat insects and some plant material.

The winter bird is very pale, almost white apart from a dark shoulder patch. This is the source of the specific name, alba, which is the Latin for "white". The juvenile bird is spangled black and white, and shows much more contrast than the adult.

Sanderling behavior is distinctive, but visually, if the size is misjudged, a breeding plumage sanderling can be mistaken for some varieties of stint, or a winter plumage sanderling can be mistaken for a Dunlin or Red Knot. It can be told from other small wading birds, given good views, by its lack of a hind toe.

The Sanderling is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies.



                                     




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