Sanderling

Calidris alba
A Sanderling specimen on display in the exhibit "Birds of D.C."

DC Information

Abundant migrant; many spend the winter here also, occurring from late July to early June. Usually seen in large flocks on ocean beaches. The sexes are alike in plumage: autumn birds are pure white below and grayish above; spring birds have the throat and breast pale rufous (brownish-red), spotted with blackish and are darker above.

Specimen Information

Date:  10/24/1885
Collected By:  John Dowell
Locality:  Gravelly Run, VA
Sex:  Female adult
Catalog ID:  105852