Sunday, October 31, 2021

Dunlin

Dennis Paulson noted under my recent post on Dunlins that this sandpiper is a late fall migrant to Washington. They molt their wings in or near their breeding areas in the world’s Arctic regions before heading south. On 27 October 2021, Erika and I found a large flock of Dunlin resting in the grass at high tide. We estimated that 200 individuals were present, although this count could well be low. So focused was I on the sandpipers, I did not notice the Short-billed Gull loafing behind the Dunlin. Only later did I add the gull to my eBird list.

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