Sanderlings on the Beach

I love living by the beach, knowing I can go see shorebirds, wading, and diving birds any day at all. These Sanderlings, a common sandpiper that runs up and down the beach in front of waves to grab invertebrates, are amazing to watch. Sanderlings seem fearless as they rush about in front of the waves, and they are tricky to photograph, since they are in constant motion. It’s also amazing to think of these eight-inch-long birds flying north in the summer to nest on the tundra, on the land closest to the North Pole. I’m glad some spend the winter here. 

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