from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A small shore bird (Crocethia alba) related to the sandpipers, having predominantly gray and white plumage.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A small wading bird, Calidris alba, that breeds in the Arctic and winters on sandy shores and estuaries around the world. A type of stint.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A small gray and brown sandpiper (Calidris arenaria) very common on sandy beaches in America, Europe, and Asia. Called also curwillet, sand lark, stint, and ruddy plover.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The three-toed sandpiper, or so-called ruddy plover, Calidris arenaria or Arenaria calidris, a small wading bird of the family Scolopacidæ, subfamily Scolopacinæ, and section Tringeæ, found on sandy beaches of all parts of the world.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. small sandpiper that breeds in the Arctic and migrates southward along sandy coasts in most of world
The name sanderling comes from the Icelandic, "sanderla," which alludes to the birds' sandy habitat according to the Audubon Society Encyclopedia of North American Birds.
When the tide is out a huge expanse of mud is left exposed on this flat landscape, giving the perfect opportunity for wading birds such as sanderling to feast themselves on the variety of marine invertebrates that call this mud home.
Then, just metres away, lands one of the most entertaining of wading birds, the starling-sized sanderling.
A flock of winter-pale sanderling are feeding along the sea's ever changing margin.
There are a few terrestrial animals restricted to the high Arctic such as the sanderling (Calidris alba) and a common Collembola, Vertagopus brevicaudus.
Vegetation scenarios derived from the HadCM2GSa1 model project that 76% of tundra bean goose (Anser fabalis rossicus/serrirostris) habitat will be affected by the alteration of tundra vegetation, while only 5% of sanderling habitat will be affected .
However, the sanderling, similar to many other high-arctic breeders, might be affected even more strongly, as southern tundra habitat types are projected to replace their specific high-arctic habitats.
Among the most abundant shorebirds in the slough are the western sandpiper, least sandpiper, marbled godwit, dowitchers, willet, American avocet, black-bellied plover, sanderling and long-billed curlew.
My first plover warden shift of the season and a flock of them and two sanderling friends shows up fresh from migration.
A sanderling searches for food at Red River Beach in Harwich.