Nests on ground in exposed, well-drained sites, or areas with low vegetation on islands, peninsulas and coastal tundra often near wet tundra and near ponds or lakes (Macwhirter et al. 2002).
MacWhirter, B., P. Austin-Smith, Jr., and D. Kroodsma. 2002. Sanderling (Calidris alba). In The Birds of North America, No.653 (A. Poole and F. Gill, Eds.). Philadelphia: The Academy of Natural Sciences; Washington, D.C.: The American Ornithologists’ Union.