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A rust-brown and white sandpiper (Calidris alpina) that breeds in northern regions of North America and Eurasia.


(Animals) a small sandpiper, Calidris (or Erolia) alpina, of northern and arctic regions, having a brown back and black breast in summer. Also called: red-backed sandpiper
[C16: dun2 + -ling1]


(ˈdʌn lɪn)

a small sandpiper, Calidris alpina, that breeds in the N parts of the Northern Hemisphere.
[1525–35; variant of dunling]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dunlin - small common sandpiper that breeds in northern or Arctic regions and winters in southern United States or Mediterranean regionsdunlin - small common sandpiper that breeds in northern or Arctic regions and winters in southern United States or Mediterranean regions
sandpiper - any of numerous usually small wading birds having a slender bill and piping call; closely related to the plovers
Erolia, genus Erolia - a genus of Scolopacidae


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Green and common sandpipers are currently feeding around the pools, often joined by dunlins, little ringed plovers and lapwings.
Snipes, curlews, redshanks, lapwings and dunlins were also found to be more common on managed grouse moor.
Birdlife on the moors includes such rare species as golden plovers, dunlins, twites, ring ouzels, red grouse and curlews.
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Little egrets and avocets are now present in higher numbers than ever before, but familiar species such as ringed plovers and dunlins are at all-time lows, and other coastal waders such as redshanks, curlews and bar-tailed godwits have also experienced a recent decline.
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RSPB Conwy lagoons are perfect for waders right now, with Green Sandpiper and Knots among large flocks of Dunlins, Redshanks and Black-tailed Godwits.
High tide at Morfa Madryn at the start of the week saw a large flock of dunlins, sanderlings and ringed plovers, many still in their smart summer plumage.
The July dribble of southbound waders continues, with Green Sandpiper and summer-plumage Dunlins at RSPB Conwy over the weekend, and photographers achieving great shots of Black-tailed Godwits.
To the east, RSPB Point of Ayr will a spectacle of waders at high tide (early to mid morning) - look for oystercatchers, redshanks, knots and dunlins.
At RSPB Conwy, a Knot joined migrating Dunlins on the estuary.
In 126 recorded breeding attempts by dunlins, biologists Lars-Ake Flodin and Donald Blomqvist found that 23 percent of the pairs divorced.