Birds of Quivira – Sanderling

Sanderling Breeding
Sanderling Breeding

A medium sized, markedly-colored Calidris sandpiper, the Sanderling is one of the most highly traveled migrant birds on the planet.  Breeding only in the far north arctic, some Sanderlings will winter as far south as Cape Horn of South America.  Individuals in breeding plumage are easily identified with close enough inspection by looking for the rusty-gravel coloration.  Winter and juvenile forms are contrasty black and white.  All birds lack a back toe, which are typically found on shorebirds.

Sanderling Juv or Winter - 6A1A3007
Sanderling Juv or Winter

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OZB

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