|Dunlin (Calidris alpina ) in breeding plumage|
So, I did my research as usual and here are the facts:
- They are resident in North-West Ireland and they Winter around the rest of Ireland's Coast as well as England's, Wales' and Southern Scotland's.
|They seemed to magically appear and disappear |
among the stones
- They do spend their Summer here as well. They breed in most of Northern Scotland and some of Southern Scotland. Also some parts of England and Wales are breeding places.
- There are 8,600-10,600 breeding pairs in the UK but a dramatically increased 360,000 Wintering birds.
- Despite this rather large number of birds they are a Red Status. This is because there has been a rather large decline in Non-Breeding Birds.
- They have some very weird local names, like the 'Tang Snipe' and another is 'Plover's Page'.
|I saw four in all|
- Their Scientific Name Kalidris alpinus means grey waterside bird described by Aristotle Alpine.
- They are 18cm in Length and they have a Wingspan of 40 cm and both Males and Females weigh 48g
- They first breed at 2 years and usually live for a surprising 5 years but the oldest lived for 19 years 3 months and 26 days!
Here are some links to more information:
Hope you enjoyed,