Monday, October 16, 2017

Dunlin


Happy Monday, enjoy your day!

My wild bird this week is the Dunlin.  These images are mostly from my trip to Washington State but I have seen the Dunlin in Maryland, Delaware and Florida. They are shorebirds with a short neck,  bright red back and a black belly. The black belly appears during the breeding season. Their legs and bills are black.



Their foraging has been compared to a sewing machine, with their bills going up and down picking up small food and insects.


I have seen large flocks of the Dunlins, they can be found on coastal mudflats or sandy beaches.







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66 comments:

  1. beautiful! I find these images very soothing to look at.

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  2. Hari OM
    There are dunlin over this way - though I have yet to see any around my part of the coast! I envy you this flock - in a nice way &*> YAM xx

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  3. ...a bunch of busy little critters.

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  4. Beautiful. I have seen them on the mudflats of Galveston.

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  5. Hello,

    Beautiful birds! You show so many different birs, and as usual I have never seen them before.

    Happy Monday!

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  6. Dunlins are lovely birds. Thank you. Have a great day, Eileen.

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  7. Interesting birds to watch. They are beautiful!

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  8. I have seen them many times, and NEVER seen the black on the belly! How funny! They are smaller than the Short-billed Dowitchers that dig their heads in the shallows... that is how I tell them apart. But alone... yes, sewing machine! Thanks for sharing! Hugs!

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  9. I have seen these birds many times and did not know the names. we like to watch them running to and fro pecking away.

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  10. I've always called those sandpipers, and loved watching them catch sand crabs in California.

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  11. Lovely capture on the shorebirds and interesting to know how they forage!
    Have a nice week ahead

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  12. Sweet little ones! Have a great day.

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  13. Very nice place.. love dunlins and other shorebirds..
    Have a great week..

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  14. I've seen those on the Oregon coast too. Cute little guys, and great photos of them.

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  15. Nice shots of cute shorebirds.
    Once again totally new to me.
    Enjoy your week!

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  16. Interesting comparing them to a sewing machine. : )
    Great photos.

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  17. The Dunlins certainly have long pointy beaks that look like sewing needles. They must be interesting to watch along the shore.

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  18. Don't you just love watching the birds. I do. I love to watch a bunch flying around and when one turns, they all turn, they land together, take off together....amazing and you wonder how the world gets to all of them!

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  19. They are so cute. I've never seen these guys!

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  20. Hi There, Cute little bird. I may have seen them --but had no idea of their name... Not sure I've ever heard that bird's name before... I have a hard enough time keeping up with our Backyard Birds here --and I'll admit that I don't know my shore-birds AT ALL... Maybe I'll learn from you. THANKS.

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  21. Remarkable birds, and you've captured them beautifully. I don't think they range up here.

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  22. A lovely collection of Dunlin. Your photos are beautiful :D)

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  23. I find it wonderful how each creature is perfectly adapted to their habitat.

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  24. Absolutely gorgeous and very soothing, Eileen! Thanks so much for sharing these lovely photos!

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  25. If I ever saw these birds, I didn't know what I was looking at..interesting post.Thanks for sharing your wonderful pictures.

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  26. Cute bunch of birds and they must be comical to watch if they have been compared to a sewing machine.

    Have a great week,
    Andrea

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  27. Beautiful shots of beautiful critters, Eileen! Have a great day, my friend.

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  28. I learned something new today. I always called those sandpipers. I didn't know they were Dunlins.

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  29. I've never known for sure what they looked like on land ... on the Lake we used to see flocks of them swooping (all together, almost like one big bird), but they never landed on our shore. Maybe i'll be able to identify some in Florida if I'm lucky this year.

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  30. Such an elegant bird. It is a powerful image to see the flock together.
    Amalia
    xo

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  31. Lovely Birds :) Thanks for the post.
    Have a nice week.

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  32. I like that they stand a little like pelicans, with one leg crooked.

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  33. Charming pictures. Have a great day.

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  34. The Dunlin are so beautiful, thanks for showing us Eileen.

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  35. how do they balance on those skinny legs, their look is very distinctive. i don't think i have ever seen these, what a large group and a beautiful shore bird!!!

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  36. Wonderful photos, interesting birds!

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  37. wonderful birds and nice to see. As we have much to low waterlevel everywhere around my area the vaders did not stop here when migrating :(

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  38. Lovey shorebirds. I had never heard of them.

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  39. Hello Eileen,
    I don't think I've see Dunlin before.
    Lovely photographs, thank you.

    All the best Jan

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  40. Hello Eileen,
    The Dunlin is a beautiful walker.
    They have been able to photograph you very well.
    great that you had such a nice big group at the lilkaar.
    Regards, Helma

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  41. Gorgeous photography of the Dunlins ~ ^_^

    A Shutter Bug Explores ~ aka ~ (A Creative Harbor)

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  42. I'm always happy to see shore birds. Nice to know the name of this one!

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  43. I love the sewing machine analogy! :) This is another new to me bird...visiting here is like thumbing through an encyclopedia :) Lovely images; looks so peaceful.

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  44. I always enjoy seeing these, though I don't think I've seen so many in one place. The sewing-machine likeness is spot on!

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  45. The Dunlin are so fun to watch in flight. It almost looks like they change color as they flit back and forth.
    MB

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  46. What fun to see a whole flock like that!
    Hope you are having a wonderful week!

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  47. We all have to admire the Dunlin. It is such a widespread and successful species wherever it occurs. Thanks for reminding us Eileen.

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  48. You have taken so many interesting traveling and taking all those beautiful pictures. I have to admit I learn a lot from your posts, particularly the names and the many types of birds. Thank you for that..

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  49. Oh, these are the cutest little birds! It must be fun to watch them! I'll have to look for them here. Hope you are having a good week, Eileen. x K

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  50. I love shorebirds and that is a very beautiful one. We do not see that one down here unfortunately! Thanks for sharing.

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  51. Thank you for introducing me to a new bird Eileen. Never seen these before. Enjoy the rest of your week!

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  52. We see these a lot out here. They are beautiful and VERY busy!
    Really nice photos Eileen!

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  53. a serene scene, Eileen.

    Hey...I did not mean for that to rhyme!

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  54. Hi Eileen! We have a lot of them where I live. I don't exactly know what they are, but they are always VERY busy! Nice photos!

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  55. I love blogging. You learn something new everyday! Like what a dunlin is -- I had no idea!

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  56. Wow - that is an amazing photo - I'd love to see that many at one time. Great capture. Have a grand weekend ahead.

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  57. Hey Eileen,
    We have always called these Sandpipers!!! They are fun to watch at the beach, always scurrying along. I always imagined them hunting for periwinkles, but have never seen them eat them??
    Dunlin!!! I'll never remember that name!!!
    Great pictures of them!!
    Suzan

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  58. Eileen - I am playing catch-up with my blogging friends since we have had visitors for nine days. These birds have such a beautiful pattern, and I love the image of the sewing machine motion - I can really visualize. Thanks for sharing!

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  59. Not sure I had heard of a dunlin before...Thank you for sharing Eileen.....Michelle

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