- a common, small sandpiper, Calidris alba, inhabiting sandy beaches.
Origin of sanderling
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There can be little doubt that the Sanderling migrates by night.
To the four named might properly be added other two species—the sanderling and the little stint.Unexplored Spain
Indeed for the society of the latter birds the Sanderling shows a strongly marked preference.
But very little is known of the nesting habits of the Sanderling, and few of its eggs are in collections.
In its winter plumage, in which we usually see it, it is likely to be confused with the northern phalarope or the sanderling.Life Histories of North American Shore Birds, Part 1 (of 2)
Arthur Cleveland Bent
- a small sandpiper, Crocethia alba, that frequents sandy shores
C17: perhaps from sand + Old English erthling, eorthling earthling
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Word Origin and History for sanderling
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").
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