KNOW YOUR DUNLIN

Bird Watching (UK) - - September Id Challenge -

One rea­son why many rel­a­tive be­gin­ner bird­watch­ers are ‘scared’ of waders is that there are so many dif­fer­ent types and so many dif­fer­ent plumages of each species. If you want to pick out the un­usual among the flocks of shore­birds it is re­ally use­ful to be fa­mil­iar with the most com­mon species. Eas­ily our most nu­mer­ous small wader is the Dunlin, and a good ground­ing in Dunlin is a good ground­ing in wader ID. In au­tumn, most Dunlin are ju­ve­niles (as above), dumpy, with a long, droopy bill, neat back feath­ers and scruffy black flank streak­ing (which is very vari­able). Be­come fa­mil­iar with their struc­ture, pat­tern and feed­ing style (and ‘beeej’ call), and when an odd wader comes along, you will know!

Ju­ve­nile Dunlin

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