Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Sanderling

Sanderlings breed around the high Arctic around the world and winter along most of the planet's temperate and tropical beaches. Numbers at any given locations, however, are usually relatively small, compared with many other sandpipers. Sanderlings are often identified by their habit of running before and after waves on their beaches. Sometimes wintering males or females are highly territorial, but usually both sexes occur together in conspecific, non-territorial flocks (Macwhirter et al. 2002).

Erika and I found this Sanderling flock along the Sanibel Island beach on 24 March 2015. I have previously blogged on the species.

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