Definition of sanderling in English:



  • A small migratory sandpiper of northern Eurasia and Canada, typically seen running after receding waves on the beach.

    Calidris alba, family Scolopacidae

    • ‘White-rumped sandpipers and sanderlings were the two shorebirds observed most frequently on surveys along the north area coast during the post-nesting period in August 1995.’
    • ‘He said it was crucially important as a refuelling stop’ for migratory birds and resident species, ranging from oyster catchers to sanderlings and curlews.’
    • ‘On the beach we some willets and gulls but no terns or sanderlings which we normally see but we usually are in Virginia in August not mid-July which could explain their absence.’
    • ‘His sanderlings, however, demonstrated a capacity for radically altering their behavior in direct response to an increased threat of predation.’
    • ‘It's part of Niumi National Park, and there are 11 km of sandy beaches frequented only by the occasional osprey fishing over the sea or a flock of sanderling scooting along the sand.’
    • ‘On the coasts, the Caribbean to the east and the Pacific to the west, there were mangrove swamps with frigate birds, great egrets, pelicans, skimmers, sanderlings and vultures.’
    • ‘Birds such as the sanderling, white-fronted plover and many others are dependent on these creatures as well as being themselves dependent on the biome.’
    • ‘While some species breeding there are well within their known breeding range, others, such as the white-rumped sandpiper, semipalmated sandpiper, and sanderling, are at the northern limit.’
    • ‘Although the merlin was usually out of sight, the sanderlings never forgot that a predator was in the vicinity.’
    • ‘Earlier we glimpsed a seal, and we've seen bountiful mussels and clams half-buried in the mud and the sanderlings, avocets, and gulls that feed on them.’
    • ‘During the first winter of his study, based at California's Point Reyes National Seashore, Myers observed that sanderlings, when not foraging, roosted amicably in large flocks on sandbars.’


Early 17th century: of unknown origin.