|Scientific name:||Calidris alba|
Winter visitor. Most birds wintering in Ireland are of Siberian origin, while birds on passage are Nearctic, and pass through on their way towards more southerly wintering areas as far as South Africa. First seen along the Irish coastline in July or August, though most arrive in Ireland between September & April.
Small wader, Dunlin-sized, though with stouter bill, paler and more grey in appearance, and has a broader black-bordered white wing-bar.
Sharp 'plit' in flight.
Feed predominantly on small invertebrates. They have a highly characteristic feeding technique of rushing along the tidal edge (as though on wheels) foraging for prey items such as small polychaete worms and shrimp-like crustaceans.
Breeds across Arctic tundra, preferring small patches of vegetation.
Sanderling are mostly found along sandy coastlines, especially non-estuarine.
Irish Wetland Bird Survey
Widespread Winter visitor to Irish coasts. Dublin Bay in County Dublin, Castlemaine Harbour & Rossbehy in County Kerry, Drumcliff Bay in County Sligo, Wexford Harbour & Slobs in County Wexford and Tralee Bay, Lough Gill & Akeragh Lough in County Kerry (250-450 birds).
Breeding range in the high Arctic.