• WordNet 3.6
    • n sanderling small sandpiper that breeds in the Arctic and migrates southward along sandy coasts in most of world
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Sanderling (Zoöl) A small gray and brown sandpiper (Calidris arenaria) very common on sandy beaches in America, Europe, and Asia. Called also curwillet sand lark stint, and ruddy plover.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sanderling The three-toed sandpiper, or so-called ruddy plover, Calidris arenaria or Arenaria calidris, a small wading bird of the family Scolopacidæ, subfamily Scolopacinæ, and section Tringeæ, found on sandy beaches of all parts of the world. It is white, much varied with black or gray on the upper parts, and in the breeding-season suffused with rufous on the head, neck, and back; the bill and feet are black. It is from 7½ to 8 inches long, 15½ in extent of wing. This is the only sandpiper without a hind toe, whence it was sometimes classed as a plover.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Sanderling a genus of birds of the snipe family, characterised by the absence of a hind-toe, common on the coast, eating marine worms, small crustaceans, and bivalve molluscs
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Sand, + -ling,. So called because it obtains its food by searching the moist sands of the seashore
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. sand; Dut. zand, Ger. sand, Ice. sand-r.


In literature:

Of beach birds, properly so called, I saw none but sanderlings.
"A Florida Sketch-Book" by Bradford Torrey
The Sanderling is included in Professor Ansted's list, and marked by him as occurring in Guernsey and Sark.
"Birds of Guernsey (1879)" by Cecil Smith
Labrador has over 200 species of birds, from humming-birds and sanderlings to eagles, gannets, loons and herons.
"Animal Sanctuaries in Labrador" by William Wood
Three or four days before we also saw a number of sanderlings.
"The Part Borne by the Dutch in the Discovery of Australia 1606-1765" by J. E. Heeres
The bird was feeding in company with a flock of Sanderlings.
"Vertebrates from the Barrier Island of Tamaulipas, México" by Robert K Selander
In size it is intermediate between the Grey Plover and Sanderling, being about as big as a Thrush.
"British Birds in their Haunts" by Rev. C. A. Johns
The Sanderling is one of the most widely spread of all the Arctic Grallae during its winter migration.
"Argentine Ornithology, Volume II (of 2)" by P. L. Sclater
One day only the ptarmigan and raven, the next the sanderling, the ringed plover, geese, ducks, and others.
"True Tales of Arctic Heroism in the New World" by Adolphus W. Greely

In news:

Stefan Sanderling, conductor Karen Gomyo, violin Christian Poltéra, cello.
Stefan Sanderling SOLOIST: Arnaldo Cohen, piano.
"Leap to the Beach" deal at The Sanderling resort in No.
The coastal cuisine at Sanderlings, with fresh, local ingredients, is as nice as the view.
At Sanderlings in Aptos, creative food is available 16 hours a day.
Reader photos of Sanderling, Burrowing Owl, Eastern Bluebird, Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Great Crested Flycatcher, Red-headed Woodpecker, Baltimore Oriole, Prairie Warbler, Northern Saw-whet Owl, and other birds.
The Sanderling is a bird of contradictions.
At times it is incredibly easy to recognize, yet even experienced birdwatchers have been confused by single Sanderlings at close range.