Sanderling

Calidris alba

This small plump shorebird does not regularly breed in Alaska. Somewhat surprisingly though, Sanderlings are rare in the Pribilofs, being found three out of every four years. All records involve fall birds. Molting adults appear in late July and August. From the end of August through mid-September juveniles are more likely. Molting adults will stand out from the Pribilof’s regular shorebirds by the presence of some remaining brick red feathers in the upper breast, mantle and wing coverts. Juvenile Sanderlings are very attractive, with a distinctive half collar, black bend to the wing, buffy nape and bold black centered and white edged wing coverts. Most Sanderling records are from the Salt Lagoon, although this species is also possible along any of the islands sandy beaches.


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