Binomial name: Calidris alba
Category: Sandpipers, Phalaropes, and Allies
Description: Whitish-gray feathers with a thick, black bill and feet.
Size: 7.1″ – 7.9″ long, 13.8″ wingspan
Weight: 1.4 oz. – 3.5 oz.
Habitat: Rocky shorelines in coastal and island regions or inland marshes and wetlands.
Diet: Insects, crustaceans, invertebrates, and plants or grasses.
Nesting: The female gathers materials and builds the nest, usually a scrape on a shallow rocky area or a preexisting depression in sand. She may line it sparsely with grasses, leaves, lichens, moss. The typical clutch size is 3 to 4 eggs and both parents incubate. The male is highly territorial and will defend the nesting site.
Notes: Sanderlings are a populous and widespread shorebird with a global distribution. They show up on nearly every temperate and tropical shoreline in the world. However, they only breed in the high Arctic.