Dunlin (Caladris alpina)
Last weekend my husband was home from the hospital on an overnight. The weather was perfect so we decided to visit a favourite birding spot (a pond) where he could see birds from his wheelchair. He stayed up on the path while I wandered closer to the pond. This was the first time we'd been birding since March 11, so it was a GREAT day out.
Foraging for nibbles
At first it looked like all we were going to see would be Canada geese and mallard ducks. But as I moved in closer, I spotted this dunlin close to the water's edge looking for food.
A dunlin is a medium-sized shorebird that breeds in the far north of North America and Eurasia. Last weekend this one was on it's way to Hudson's Bay to breed.
Dunlin's back side
In the top shot you can see it's moderately long drooping bill and black legs. You can also see its breeding plumage: black belly and black legs. In the bottom photo you can see its rufous cap and back.
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