Medium-length, straight, dark bill
White wingstripe bordered in black
Breeding plumage: (no photo)
Rufous head and neck
Rufous wash extending onto back
Pale gray head and upperparts
Faint, partial gray breast band
Listen to its call.
I saw this bird running along the tide line at Esquimalt Lagoon beach with a couple of Dunlins last week. The three of them would run up the beach to avoid the waves, then turn and run back down as the waves receded. They were probably just looking for food but they reminded me of playful children enjoying a day at the shore.
|Sanderling (left) / Dunlin (right)|
Learn more about the Sanderling.