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Dunlin

dunlin
 

Dunlin

Calidris alpine

Common along sandy beaches and mudflats. Juvenile and breeding adult have distinctive black belly. Breeds in wet coastal tundra. Winters along mudflats, estuaries, marshes, flooded fields, sandy beaches, and shores of lakes and ponds. Dunlin breeding in northern Alaska apparently move west, migrating down the eastern side of Siberia and Asia to Japan and China.