DUNLIN

DUNLIN (Calidris alpina)

The Dunlin is a wading shorebird that breeds in the Arctic and visits PEI beaches on its fall migration to the Atlantic coast of the USA. Birders in that province then can observe this bird in its non-breeding plumage.

The dunlin’s black bill is slightly longer than the head, which can differentiate it from the semipalmated sandpiper and the sanderling in the fall. The long legs also are black. The under parts are white and the head and back are grey.

There is little available information on the dunlin’s overall population but it seems that out of three main groups, two appear stable and one (which breeds in northern Alaska and migrates to Asia) is declining.

Dunlin close up - Johnson's Shore, PEI - Oct. 3, 2016 - © Lois Kilburn
Dunlin close up – Johnson’s Shore, PEI – Oct. 3, 2016 – © Lois Kilburn
Dunlin - Florida Panhandle - Apr. 3, 2018 - Photo by Roberta Palmer
Dunlin – Florida Panhandle – Apr. 3, 2018 – Roberta Palmer
Dunlin and semipalmated plover - Brackley Beach, PEI - Oct.3.2014 - photo by Denise Motard
Dunlin and semipalmated plover – Brackley Beach, PEI – Oct.3.2014 – photo by Denise Motard
Dunlins - Webber Cove, PEI - Oct. 4,2017 - © Chris Rice
Dunlins – Webber Cove, PEI – Oct. 4,2017 – Chris Rice

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