Sanderling (Calidris alba - Bécasseau sanderling) is a small wader that breads in the High Arctic
tundra of eastern Canada, Greenland and northern Siberia and has a worldwide
distribution outside the breading season.
large distribution and its occurrence in areas (sandy beaches) accessible to
people, birdwatchers and biologists very little is known about Sanderlings
compared to many other common wader species.
context, a Workshop on Sanderlings was held during the International Wader
Study Group conference in Jastrzębia Góra, Poland in 2008. During the
discussion session of this Workshop it was decided to instigate a new
International Wader Study Group project on Sanderlings. The aims of this
project are to create a large international network of collaborators who will
be encouraged to step up colour-ringing and resighting Sanderlings, especially
in currently underrepresented countries.
can we, both local and visiting birders/ornithologists, do here in Morocco for
this? We can pay more attention to these Sanderlings
and to report any colour-ringed individuals to their respective ringing scheme.
So by doing this, we are making your birding count.
For more information about the Sanderlings using the East
Atlantic Flyway see the review of Reneerkens et al (2009):
J., Benhoussa, A., Boland, H., Collier, M., Grond, K., Günther, K.,
Hallgrimsson, G.T., Hansen, J., Meissner, W., de Meulenaer, B., Ntiamoa-Baidu,
Y., Piersma, T., Poot, M., van Roomen, M., Summers, R.W., Tomkovich, P.S. &
Underhill, L.G. 2009. Sanderlings using African–Eurasian flyways: a review of current
knowledge. Wader Study Group Bull. 116: 2–20.
A Sanderling colour-ringed in Iceland and found wintering at Oued Martil, northern Morocco
Rachid during one of his regular visits to Oued Martil found a colour-ringed
Sanderling on 17 September 2011 and after some correspondence with Jeroen
Reneerkens and others, they couldn’t find the origin of the bird (the colours
were not seen properly, due to the distance). Fortunately, Rachid went back on 22 September and found and photographed the bird (the colour rings were visible this time which confirmed the bird's origin). Edit: The bird seen again at the same place on 23 October by Rachid and Mohamed. The Sanderling was ringed in Sandgerði, Iceland during its northward migration on 18
May 2010 by the research team of J. Reneerkens.
Since it was ringed, this bird was re-sighted several times in its stopover
site in Iceland (in and around the ringing site) in springs 2010 and 2011 and
once in France in spring 2011.
Sanderling re-signted in Martil, 22 September 2011. The bird has a green flag on the left upper leg, two yellow rings
on the lower left leg, and a red ring, above a yellow ring on the right lower
(Rachid El Khamlichi).
Jeroen Reneerkens (University of Groningen, The Netherlands) for his quick
correspondence with Rachid and for providing the sightings
history of the Sanderling.