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Sanderling

Calidris alba

Description:

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.

Habitat:

There was several large flocks along Copalis Beach.


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Brian38
Spotted by
Brian38

Washington, USA

Lat: 47.11, Long: -124.18

Spotted on Dec 24, 2018
Submitted on Dec 27, 2018

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