Dunlin (Calidris alpina)

Dunlin are a small, starling-sized, wader with a short, slight down-curved, bill. In summer plumage upperparts are brown, with a streaked breast and black belly, in winter birds are grey on the back, with white underparts.

Birds that breed in the UK migrate to West Africa in the winter, the birds that spend the winter on our shores come from Scandinavia and Russia. They can be found on estuaries, muddy shores and coastal pools.

Flight call is a harsh scree. Other calls include prolonged reedy trilling.

Interesting Fact: Dunlin will form large flocks during winter and can often be seen swirling in synchronised flight.

Dunlin are on the Amber List for Birds of Conservation Concern


Dunlin (Calidris alpina)

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