About the Sanderling
Also known as: Ruddy Plover

The Sanderling is a small species of sandpiper. They have a large natural range which includes the Americas, Europe, Africa, and Australia. They are long-distant migrants.

Sanderlings are small wading birds. During the summer, they breed on islands and coastal areas in the high Arctic. They summer on sandy beaches in warmer climates.

During the winter, Sanderlings eat mostly small invertebrates. They feed by running along beaches picking up food items along the way. During nesting they feed on insects and vegetation.

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