The note of the sanderling is a soft ket, ket, ket, uttered singly or in series somewhat querulous in tone.
To the four named might properly be added other two species—the sanderling and the little stint.
The sanderling is a rather silent bird at all times and seems to have a comparatively limited vocabulary.
Indeed for the society of the latter birds the sanderling shows a strongly marked preference.
It is appreciably different from the call of any other sandpiper known to me, although not so very unlike that of the sanderling.
But very little is known of the nesting habits of the sanderling, and few of its eggs are in collections.
There can be little doubt that the sanderling migrates by night.
In its winter plumage, in which we usually see it, it is likely to be confused with the northern phalarope or the sanderling.
In size, and partly in shape the sanderling's nest resembles that of Tringa alpina.
The sanderling is one of the most widely spread of all the Arctic Grallæ during its winter migration.
wading bird (Crocethia alba), c.1600, probably from sand (n.) + a diminutive suffix, but OED suggests possible derivation from Old English *sand-yrðling, with second element yrðling "plowman" (literally "earthling").