Sunday, December 3, 2017

Sanderlings on a December Beach

Photos by Salt Water New England


  1. Wonderful. Gorgeous. Just what I needed this morning!

  2. I read your title, and I perused the photos.
    I wondered, what is the difference between a sanderling and a sea gull?
    I "googled" it, and I ended up watching a charming 1:32 brief video on Youtube.
    I guess I'm not that discerning. The sanderling looked like a baby sea gull to me.
    Your photos are just lovely.
    I especially like a photo with a dog.

  3. Beautiful!!! I love how a small clutch of sanderlings can form a mini murmuration down the beach. My dog Barley used to love chasing them up and down Popham Beach.

    For those interested in a beautiful murmuration, watch this brief vid...

    Thanks for the lovely daily posts!

    1. Murmurations are so startlingly magical. There's a flock of starlings close by and I'm lucky enough to see them murmurate from time to time. Never this close, though. Wow.

  4. You've captured the color and light of December. I couldn't choose a favorite. All are beautiful.

  5. I love to watch sanderlings on the beach, echoing the ebb and flow of the surf, seeking their little treasures in the sand.

  6. Nice!
    Is there a second species of sandpiper mixed in with the sanderlings: dunlin?
    In winter/non-breeding plumage, the distinguishing marks of the dunlin are the browner backs, breasts, and faces, while the sanderlings are grayer and have whiter faces. The dunlin also have thinner, longer, and slightly drooping bills and have a bit more of an elegant neck than the sanderlings. (In summer/breeding plumage, the dunlin are an easy identification: the only species with a black patch on the belly.)
    The third photo of the northern harrier is super.
    Great stuff!

  7. A visual Ode to Sanderling! Thank you so very much--a delight!