On these chilly winter days, how do sandpipers deal with the cold?
|We were shivering, in our jackets and scarves, double gloves, warm boots, and the hoods over our tuques.|
|The sanderling* has no warm socks.|
Following the flocks of sandpipers along the shore, I noticed something different about the way they moved. Watch:
*An adult sanderling weighs between 1.4 and 3.5 ounces. The legs are about as thick as a pencil lead. Not much bulk for holding the heat!