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Calidris alpina


The most distinctive characteristics of the non breeding Dunlin are the brownish head and upper breast, along with white underwings and tail feathers. They have black legs and bills (which is turned downwards just slightly). The aerial maneuvers these small shorebirds perform is amazing.


Spotted along the beach at Griffiths-Priday State Park.


The dunlin has a very wide distribution, occurring across nearly all Arctic regions. Its breeding range stretches from east Greenland, across the Russian Arctic to the Alaskan coast of the Bering Sea. There is also an isolated population that breeds in the east Canadian Arctic.

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Brian38 6 months ago

Thank you so much for kind words Neil. Best wishes to you as well.

Brian38 6 months ago

Thank you very much Ashley for being nominated.

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 6 months ago

That first photo is gorgeous, Brian, and a really great shot. A wonderful spotting and info. Best wishes for your sotw nomination.

AshleyT 6 months ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

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Washington, USA

Lat: 47.12, Long: -124.18

Spotted on Dec 24, 2018
Submitted on Dec 28, 2018

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