Sanderling or Dunlin? In flight, note darker line of feathers down the center of the tail and white outer tail feathers. Stocky, medium-sized shorebird with a long, drooping bill. Nonbreeding adult has light gray upperparts. Sanderling bill is staighter and thicker at base. Learn this species, and you’ll have an aid in sorting out less common shorebirds. Dunlin bill is longer. Nature School For Teachers - Fall 2020 Launch! You get a number of Sanderlings in the Lowestoft area at this time of year, the occasional one is quite friendly. Most adults leave the breeding grounds in July and early August, whereas juvenile birds leave in late August and early September. But size difference and rapid movement of Sanderling makes it easy to differentiate between them. Sometimes female lays 2 clutches in separate nests and male incubates one set, female the other. Habitat: Spotted at Alabama Point East - Gulf State Park. Purple Sandpipers have a shorter bill than Dunlins with yellow legs. Olive-green to pale brown, sparsely spotted with brown and black. Taken at Minsmere today, on the scrape. During the winter and its migration, it is most commonly found on coastal sandy beaches, but also occurs on tidal sand flats, mud flats and the shores of lakes and rivers. Breeding birds have a black belly patch. The breeding Least Sandpiper has mottled brown upperparts; some mottling on upper breast; rest of underparts white; light colored supercilium; short straight dark bill; greenish-yellow legs. It shows a strong white wingbar in flight, and runs along the sandy beaches it prefers with a characteristic "bicycling" action of its legs, stopping frequently to pick small food items. A large part of learning to tell them apart is gaining experience seeing them in the field under a variety of conditions. More infrequently, it may occur on rocky shores.[9]. The sanderling (Calidris alba) is a small wading bird. The breeding Rock Sandpiper has rufous back with gray near the flanks; blackish belly patch; pale head with darker top; dark bill; dark legs with yellow tinge. The breeding Stilt Sandpiper has gray-brown upperparts; heavily barred black and white upperparts; long slightly downturned black bill; white supercilium; long gray-green legs. Similar looking birds to Dunlin: Red Knot Nonbreeding, Rock Sandpiper Nonbreeding, Rock Sandpiper Breeding, Purple Sandpiper Nonbreeding adult, Sanderling Breeding adult, Sanderling Nonbreeding adult, Western Sandpiper Nonbreeding adult , Semipalmated Sandpiper Nonbreeding adult . In flight, note dark stripe down the center of the tail and white outer tail feathers. They then burrow rapidly down again as the water retreats. Yes seen a few Little Stints in recent weeks. Nonbreeding has brownish-gray upperparts; white underparts. The genus name is from Ancient Greek kalidris or skalidris, a term used by Aristotle for some grey-coloured waterside birds. A nice Little Stint,we have done well with these in the last 10 days or so. These birds are often seen flocking together. The specific alba is Latin for "white".[3]. Looks a bit too brown to me but the light wasn't great, nor is my camera! It is the smallest of the. Red Knots are larger than Dunlin with a shorter and stouter bill. The black belly patch on Rock Sandpipers is higher on the belly than it is on Dunlins. It is highly gregarious in winter, sometimes forming large flocks on coastal mudflats or sandy beaches. Calidris alpina (Dunlin) and Calidris alba (Sanderling). The Sanderling is one of the world’s most widespread shorebirds. The dunlin and sanderling both in summer and winter plumages, in flight, both show a white wing-bar throughout the year; though on the sanderling it is much more prominent. It is a circumpolar Arctic breeder, and is a long-distance migrant, wintering south to South America, South Europe, Africa, and Australia. The breeding Pectoral Sandpiper has brown upperparts; white underparts with brown upper breast; yellowish legs; olive bill with darker tip. Medium-sized, short-necked sandpiper with a long drooping bill. Nonbreeding Sanderlings often stay on the wintering grounds through the summer, saving energy by avoiding the long trip to the Arctic nesting grounds. They also have yellow (not black) legs. Nonbreeding adultls have gray upperparts and much less spotting below. - A little smaller than Ruddy Turnstone, Red Knot, and dowitchers. A very confident sounding lady pronounced them Sanderling so I didn't think much more of it before I got home and had a look at the photos, now I'm not so sure. The nonbreeding adult has gray upperparts. The nonbreeding adult has lighter gray upperparts; white underparts. The Sanderling’s mating system varies from area to area and possibly from year to year. The sanderling is a small plump sandpiper, 18–20 cm (7.1–7.9 in) in length. In spring, birds migrating north from South America consume large numbers of horseshoe crab eggs in the Delaware Bay area. Winters along mudflats, estuaries, marshes, flooded fields, sandy beaches, and shores of lakes and ponds. It is roughly the size of a plump Dunlin and typically runs around in small groups on the sandier coastal substrates. For other uses, see, "The new species of birds in Vroeg's catalogue, 1764", "Birds in the sales catalogue of Adriaan Vroeg (1764) described by Pallas and Vosmaer", Sanderling Species text in The Atlas of Southern African Birds,, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. On the nesting grounds, these birds mainly eat insects and some plant material. The nonbreeding adult has gray upperparts; nonspotted underparts. Similar to: Dunlin. 2019 Best Wildlife Photo - Species Interactions Special. It can be told from other small wading birds, given good views, by its lack of a hind toe.