Manu Minute: Sanderlings in the sea foam
When most people finish the long flight to Hawaiʻi, they like to kick back and relax.
The same cannot be said for sanderlings. They hit the ground running as soon as they arrive in the islands each winter.
The best place to spot them is dashing around shorelines, tide pools, and wetlands hunting for crabs and mollusks.
Their name in ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi, Hunakai, means "sea foam," referencing their habit of hanging out right where the tides recede.
Even Hunakai chicks are overachievers. They are able to feed themselves soon after hatching, and some are already able to fly after just two and a half weeks!
Audio credit: Charles A. Sutherland/Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology (ML3063)