I'm at a conference in Newport for a few days. After having been cooped up inside till 7:30pm I decided to take a walk on the beach tonight. At around 8:30 on the beach below the Elizabeth Street Inn I encountered one of the largest Sanderling flocks I have ever seen. There were somewhere between 750-1500 birds in a flock that at one point stretched out to 50 yards in length. When I first saw them they were in a large, unmoving white mass, that at a distance I passed off as a large flock of roosting gulls. When I got closer and they started dashing about and stretched out along the beach I realized what they were. They must have just arrived because in the daylight there wasn't a single shorebird on this stretch of beach. I wish I had a camera with me that could take a picture that would have done justice in the unlit darkness of the beach. It was a mesmerizing sight that I stood and watched for at least five minutes.