Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Dunlin (Calidris alpina)

The Dunlin (Calidris alpina) are really starting to molt into their breeding plumage now, with birds like this one at Stratford Point in Stratford coming along nicely. Once it wraps up changing into its summer suit it will be on its way to the tundra.

You can see so many shorebirds in May, and just in the last couple days at this one site there were also Semipalmated Plovers, Semipalmated Sandpipers, Sanderling, Short-billed Dowitchers, Black-bellied Plovers, Piping Plovers, American Oystercatchers, Lesser Yellowlegs, Killdeer and Least Sandpipers, all being recorded by us in the Audubon Alliance for Coastal Waterbirds.

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