A Solitary Sanderling

Sanderling | Calidris alba
Sanderling | Calidris alba

Earlier this week, while walking out at Goose Spit I came upon a single Sanderling (Calidris alba). Sanderlings are regularly seen throughout the winter at Goose Spit but they have a challenging time of it. At high tide, the strip of walkable beach is quite narrow and they are easily flushed. Considering that it is also a popular place to walk dogs off leash they spend a good deal of time moving up and down the beach ahead of people and their pets.

I try to encourage locals to keep their animals on a leash but you know the old saying: “A dog owner’s bark is as bad as the dog’s bite.” Wouldn’t it be nice if they were put in a shorebird’s feathers for a day? They might change their tune and keep their distance.

Sanderling | Calidris alba
Sanderling | Calidris alba