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Calidris alpina


Small shorebird with a long black narrow bill and dark legs.Breeding plumage shows black belly-patch extending behind its black legs. Its head and breast are light-colored. Back is bright rufous(reddish brown). White underside and white beneath wings can be seen while Dunlin are in flight. In non-breeding plumage is drab gray with a brownish head and breast.


I observed this large flock of Dunlin on the tide flats,beach and over water and kelp rocks along the shore at the bay.


Dunlin birds were fun to watch in flight and on the shore. The Dunlin were busy chattering and moving about across the shore in large groups. In flight they move and change direction in large flocks. When they change direction in flight their white under wing color shows beautifully,almost silvery in the sun light.

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TishannePatterson 8 years ago

Thank you mauna Kunzah.

mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 8 years ago

Tishanne, the second photo is amazing!

Hoquiam, Washington, USA

Spotted on May 4, 2013
Submitted on Jun 11, 2013

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