The Sanderling is a small, light-colored sandpiper with a straight, black bill and black legs. The male and female look similar. In breeding plumage, it has a rufous head and neck and a rufous wash that extends onto its back. In non-breeding plumage, the adult is white underneath and very pale gray above while the juveniles are white underneath with a dark and light mottled top. Late-molters, Sanderlings don’t reach their breeding plumage until late May. This is the only sandpiper that lacks a hind toe, which allows it to be a strong runner.

First Sighting of Year

Thursday, July 16, 2015 Phippsburg ME United States
Saturday, April 23, 2016 1 Plum Island Tpke Newburyport MA United States
Friday, April 14, 2017 1200€“1298 Bobs Rd Port Bolivar TX United States
Monday, January 29, 2018 Ipswich MA United States
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