A single Sanderling was recently observed while foraging among the waves washing the shore along Surf Drive Beach in Falmouth. The Sanderling had a silver federal leg band as well as an engraved lime green flag marker. It was banded in Delaware in 2011 as part of a shorebird banding project. It was seen there again the following spring but has never been resighted again. An international team of researchers has been marking several species of imperiled migratory shorebirds. These birds make long annual trips from wintering grounds as far south as the tip of South America to breeding grounds in the high Arctic.
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