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Updated: 01/03/2018 08:30:17AM

Gifts of the season:

Migratory shorebirds from the Arctic

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Mary Lundeberg

PHOTO BY MARY LUNDEBERG

Ruddy turnstone in breeding plumage with prey.

PHOTO BY MARY LUNDEBERG

Ruddy turnstone in non-breeding winter plumage.

PHOTO BY MARY LUNDEBERG

Sanderlings running along the shoreline in unison.

PHOTO BY MARY LUNDEBERG

Social sanderlings racing along incoming waves.

PHOTO BY MARY LUNDEBERG

Social sanderlings racing along incoming waves.

PHOTO BY MARY LUNDEBERG

Sanderlings in flight. Notice the white band on their wings.

PHOTO BY MARY LUNDEBERG

Sanderlings in flight. Notice the white band on their wings.

PHOTO BY MARY LUNDEBERG

A sanderling eating a coquina.

PHOTO BY MARY LUNDEBERG

A sanderling landing in tidepool.

PHOTO BY MARY LUNDEBERG

A sanderling landing in tidepool.

PHOTO BY MARY LUNDEBERG

Sanderlings running along the shoreline in unison.

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Have you ever wondered how and why birds migrate? How do they know when to leave? How do long-distance migrants find their way from coastal Florida across thousands of miles to their summer homes where they breed?

If you walk along our beaches, you’ll spot sanderlings and ruddy turnstones visiting Florida from their nesting grounds in the High Arctic tundra.

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