One of my first birding stops in the morning was Bradford Beach in Milwaukee. You never know what will be there. 8 Sanderlings were present across the whole shore of the beach. Walkers on the beach not even knowingly flush the feeding birds around which is very typical. The Sanderlings usually when flushed just fly out over the water a few 100 feet and return to a different area on the beach for more feeding. While running up and down the beach they are feeding on small crustaceans, amphipods, etc. Sanderlings like following waves in and out along the beach as that is where they find their fresh food. It was an overcast morning, low winds, mild temps. Images were taken on September 20, 2018.
Binomial name: Calidris alba
Category: Sandpipers, Phalaropes, and Allies
Size: 8” long, 17” wing span
Weight: 2.1 Oz.
Note: An arctic breeder, a long distance migrator, winters in South America, South Europe, Africa, and Australia