A-Z Challenge – S is for Sanderling

Sanderling strolling along the shoreline.


Sanderling posed up on the beach at Little Talbot Island State Park in Jacksonville, Florida.
Sanderling foraging at the beach at Little Talbot Island State Park in Jax, FL

Sanderlings are small plump sandpipers. In breeding colors, they have rusty, black and white mottling. Non-breeding are pale gray with specks of black and white like the one above. Sanderlings can be seen on every continent except Antarctica. Their breeding grounds are on the High Arctic tundra, but they winter mainly on sandy beaches. They are fast and hard to photograph. When they run, their little black legs are a blur.

I share this Disney Pixar animated short every chance I get. It is one of the sweetest things I’ve ever seen from Disney. It won the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film in 2017. It is about overcoming fear and building self-confidence. I found the full version. The last couple of times, I shared cut versions, but it was missing important scenes. This was one has what we used to have on our DVR.

This is my first time participating in April Blogging from A-Z Challenge. As a birder and photographer, I will be sharing a new bird with you every day. I host a weekly photo challenge called Bird Weekly and would love for you to stop by anytime. Join in if that is your thing too.

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