dunlin (Calidris alpina)
CONFIRMATION STATUS: Confirmed.
Length: 7 inches
Medium-sized, thin, dark bill with droop at tip
Black patch on rump extending onto tail
White wing stripe
White head and breast with faint black streaks and spots
Rusty mantle with black spots
White undertail coverts and flanks
Gray head with pale indistinct supercilium
Gray breast with indistinct streaking
White belly and undertail coverts
Similar to adult basic
Upperparts rustier than basic adult
Head and breast with brownish wash
In alternate plumage, the black belly is also found in the rock sandpiper.
The rock sandpiper has less extensive black on the belly and yellow legs.
In basic and juvenile plumages, the dunlin is similar to several other spe-
cies. It is a darker gray than western sandpiper and Sanderling. The dunlin
lacks the white rump of white-rumped and curlew sandpiper. Purple
sandpiper is darker gray above and has yellow legs. In flight, the dunlin
has a more substantial wing stripe than peep.
Length of Incubation: 21-22 days
Days to Fledge:19-21
Number of Broods:1, occasionally 2
Diet: Primarily aquatic Invertebrates
SKY MEADOWS DISTRIBUTION/SEASONAL OCCURRENCE
Relative abundance and seasonal occurrence are indicated in red below.
C - Common: Likely to be present in good numbers in appropriate habitat and season.
U - Uncommon: May be present in appropriate habitat and season, often in low
O - Occassional: Found in appropriate habitat perhaps only a few times per season,
sometimes low numbers.
R - Rare: May not be recorded every year.
Acc - Accidental: Recorded once or twice, may not be expected again for a long time.
Sp - Spring: March, April, May
Su - Summer: June, July, August
Fall: September, October, November Acc
Winter: December, January, February
Crooked Run Valley