September 26, 2016

A late Dunlin

Another bird from the pontoon.
An adult non-breeding Dunlin.
Credit where credit is due, Anne is much better at identifying birds, especially shorebirds.
Many of the ids are by her.

Calidris alpina

The oldest recorded Dunlin was at least 12 years, 5 months old when it was recaptured and re released during banding operations in California.

Adult Description
Medium-sized sandpiper. Moderately short neck. Moderately long, drooping bill. Moderately long, blackish legs. Slightly hunched appearance. In breeding plumage has black belly, rufous cap, and rufous back. Nonbreeding plumage is all dull brownish gray, with whitish belly.
source -https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Dunlin/id

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