Friday, October 1, 2021

Dunlin

On 25 September 2021 at the beach near Westport, Washington, Erika and I noticed that some of the shorebirds among the large flocks of Western Sandpipers were obviously larger birds. These new birds sported down-curved bills that were clearly relatively long—field marks of Dunlin. This shorebird breeds across the arctic regions of the Northern Hemisphere. In North America, they winter along the shores of the United States and Mexico. Birds along our Pacific coast are larger than other North American Dunlin. The population of these Pacific coast birds may exceed a half million individuals, but this number appears to be declining (Warnock and Gill 2020).

 

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