– A Small but Mighty Bird

Basic Description

The Sanderling is a small bird that belongs to the sandpiper family. It measures approximately 7 inches in length and weighs around 1.5 ounces. The bird has gray wings, white underparts, and a black bill. During breeding season, its plumage turns reddish-brown on the head and neck.

Where To Find This Bird

Sanderlings breed in the Arctic tundra of North America, Europe, and Asia during the summer months. During non-breeding season, they migrate to warmer regions such as Central America or South Africa.

During migration periods (spring and fall), you can often find these birds along coastlines all over the world where they are searching for food.


Sanderlings prefer sandy beaches or mudflats near water sources such as estuaries or rocky shores with coastal vegetation nearby which provides shelter from predators.


These birds feed mainly on crustaceans like shrimp, crabs, mollusks (such as clams) and worms that it probes out of wet sand with their long bills using an up-and-down motion also known as “run-and-pause” technique – this behavior makes them easy to spot because they quickly run away after grabbing their prey!

Cool Facts

– Sanderlings have one of the longest migrations of any shorebird species.
– During migration period (when flying long distances), sanderlings can fly at speeds up to 100 km/h (60 mph)!
– These tiny birds are highly adaptable; In fact some populations have learned how to feed off waste left behind by humans such as scraps from fish markets or garbage dumps.
– They’re monogamous creatures – meaning they mate for life!

Overall sanderlings are small but mighty creatures that play an important role in coastal ecosystems. They’re highly adaptable, have incredible speed and skill when hunting for food, and their monogamous nature ensures they form close bonds with their mates. So if you’re lucky enough to spot one of these amazing birds on your next beach visit or coastal walk, take a moment to appreciate just how special they truly are!