I fell in love with sanderlings (Calidris alba) in 2017, and the love affair continues as I chase these little sandpipers all over the beaches of New York. These small sandpipers, or peeps, stay around during the winter, and I spent much of the winter of 2018-19 filming these small birds at Breezy Point and on Staten Island.
One of the highlights of sanderling-watching came on May 2, 2019, when I saw at least a thousand sanderlings grouping together on the shore of Nickerson Beach. I filmed them and added music by Wagner to stress the epic nature of these birds!
This first sanderling video (there will be more, since I am addicted to filming these peeps) is called So Many Sanderlings!
Some photos of the sanderlings from earlier follow.