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Common Name Dunlin
Scientific Name Calidris alpina
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Related Species Sandpipers
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Habitat Reference

Found in large flocks on muddy shorelines in winter.


Contributors to the Nature of Dorset have seen this species at these locations:

Please note that the markers show APPROXIMATE locations of the observation, not exact locations! You can find often find out more information about location by looking at the original tweet. Click on any marker to see the name of the location and then click on the location name to see more details about the site where available.

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Despite being very common in the Winter months, I just adore dunlin. They are always on the go and...
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As if the appearance of dunlin in Winter wasn't confusing enough you knew you could rely on their...
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Dunlin on rising tide in Lytchett Bay Tuesday evening
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26/04/2017 - 20:45
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A few more pics of yesterdays rainy Dunlin at #LytchettFields
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03/08/2017 - 20:21
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Dunlin steadily increasing day by day at #LytchettFields, 97 today, will we break the ton tomorrow?
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09/08/2017 - 18:40
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10/08/2017 - 18:02
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Stunning plumage on the #LytchettFields Dunlin
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20/08/2017 - 11:22
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03/09/2017 - 14:11
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Record Datesort ascending Recorded at Recorded by Tweet
21/10/2017 - 08:56 Steve Smith

@harbourbirds @DorsetBirdClub Stilt Sand at Middlebere till 0810. Tide now vhigh & no further sign. CurlewSand 5Knot 3Spotshank 65+Dunlin

19/10/2017 - 11:38 Freddy Alway

Lodmoor. Lylegs. 3 lit stint. 1 com sand. 40+ snipe.dunlin. rp. Gwe. Marsh harrier. 2 firecrest.

11/10/2017 - 16:24 Hamish Murray

Black-tailed Godwits, Avocets and Dunlin over the Brownsea lagoon this afternoon #dorsetwt #dwtbrown

11/10/2017 - 13:10 Retweet

RT @GlenOrioleglen: Nice stroll around Lodmoor. Lesser Yellowlegs {cropped}, 8 Ruff, 6 Little Stints, Dublin, BT Godwit, Lapwing, Snipe, G…

10/10/2017 - 15:07 Martin Adlam

Ferrybridge 1:00pm - c600 Dark-bellied Brent, 2 Pale-bellied Brent, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Dunlin, 2 Oystercatchers…

07/10/2017 - 17:54 Brett Spencer

Poor for waders on The Fleet today, with high water levels. 5 Dunlin, 2 Bar-wits & singles of Ringo, Common Sand, G…

07/10/2017 - 12:37 Debby Saunders

723 Dark-bellied Brent, Pale-bellied Brent, 21 Dunlin, 2 Barwit Ferrybridge mid day

04/10/2017 - 11:18 Ian Ballam

1 Little Stint @ #LytchettFields today , on SP, Sanderling still with Dunlin on FP @harbourbirds @NarwhalSh @DorsetBirdClub @BirdGuides

04/10/2017 - 10:00 Ian Ballam

#LytchettFields so far, 1 Spoonbill, 1 Curlew Sand, 8 Ruff, 150+Dunlin, 14 Greenshank , 74 Blackwit @harbourbirds @NarwhalSh @BirdGuides

03/10/2017 - 10:38 Nick Hopper

Stilt Sand, 3 Ruff + c150 Dunlin roosting s,e Wareham channel, then flushed by Marsh Harrier @harbourbirds

30/09/2017 - 11:01 Barbara Bisset

11.00 stilt sand, c400 avocet & blackwit, wigeon, knot, dunlin on Middlebere Lake @RSPBArne @harbourbirds

30/09/2017 - 10:39 Ian Ballam

6 Ruff, 3 Little Stint, 1 Curlew Sand and 30+ Dunlin all in Approach Field Pool #LytchettFields @harbourbirds @NarwhalSh @DorsetBirdClub

29/09/2017 - 21:45 Martin Adlam

RT @PortandWey: Ferrybridge 7:00pm c150 Ringed Plovers, 20 Dunlin, 5 Sanderling, 4 Turnstone, 1 Little Stint. Sanderling asleep in puddle @…

27/09/2017 - 12:35 Ian Ballam

1 Curlew Sand with Dunlin on FP prior to being flushed by a Peregrine #LytchettFields @harbourbirds @NarwhalSh @DorsetBirdClub @BirdGuides

27/09/2017 - 10:18 Ian Ballam

155 Dunlin in bay, Wigeon increased to 39 and 1 GC Grebe #LytchettBay @harbourbirds @NarwhalSh @DorsetBirdClub

26/09/2017 - 19:48 Steve Smith

@DorsetBirdClub @harbourbirds Only 54 Spoonies, Ruff, 10Knot, 924Blackwit, 360Avocet & 26Dunlin. Stilt Sand was my…

26/09/2017 - 10:05 Ian Ballam

Over 250 Dunlin in bay, will be interesting to count how many on fields at high tide @harbourbirds @NarwhalSh @DorsetBirdClub

23/09/2017 - 19:39 Steve Smith

@NarwhalSh Knot Little Stint Ruff2 Curlew Sand & Dunlin196 all missing you #LytchettBay

22/09/2017 - 13:56 Olly Frampton

Finally! Baird's Sandpiper currently (13:55) with Dunlin in Lynch Cove, nr Wyke Regis, Dorset. @RareBirdAlertUK @BirdGuides

21/09/2017 - 14:33 Freddy Alway

Bairds with Dunlin and rp at lynch cove.

20/09/2017 - 19:55 Freddy Alway

Bairds with Dunlin and rp in tidmoor cove this evening.

20/09/2017 - 11:57 RSPB Weymouth

Juv Little Stint with 42 Dunlin on the west scrape at #rspblodmoor but no sign of the Least Sanpiper :-(

18/09/2017 - 19:45 Ian Ballam

No US waders but #LytchettFields still on fire tonight,174 Blackwit,282 Dunlin,2 Ruff, 1 CurlewSand,11 GShank,1 Spo…

15/09/2017 - 10:32 Steve Groves

Only other waders present are 2 Greenshank & several each of Common Sandpiper, Dunlin & Lapwing.

14/09/2017 - 19:30 Jol Mitchell

M'bere tonight - 675 Blackwits + 120 on field, 100+ Dunlin, 30 Avocet, 4 G'shank, 1 Knot, no Osprey tho'

13/09/2017 - 08:08 Debby Saunders

Ferrybridge this morning 75 Ringed Plover, 27 Dunlin, 4 Sanderling, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, Sandwich Tern, Wheatear, Grey Wagtail

12/09/2017 - 18:11 Martin Wood

Also seen at Lodmoor today Bearded Tit, Dunlin, Wheatear, Ringed Plover,Black tailed Godwits. Common Tern. Great White Egret.

12/09/2017 - 17:36 Richard Charmouth

A Wheatear and Dunlin on Lyme Regis Beach earlier today was nice but this beautifully spangled Juvenile? Sanderling…

05/09/2017 - 10:43 Debby Saunders

Ferrybridge this morning 4 Sanderling, 60 Ringed Plover, 25 Dunlin, Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Sandwich Tern

03/09/2017 - 14:11 Ian Ballam

Dunlin #LytchettFields

03/09/2017 - 09:27 Ian Ballam

1 Wood Sand, 312 Dunlin, 32 Ringo, 10 Gshank, 84 Blackwit, 105 Rshank, 12 G Sand, 1 C Sand #LytchettFields @harbourbirds @NarwhalSh

02/09/2017 - 09:00 Paul Harris

Rodden Hive: Green Sand, Whimbrel, Blackwit, Grey Plover, Knot, Turnstone, 5 Sanderling, Common Sand, ~100 Dunlin + RP's

02/09/2017 - 08:42 Ian Ballam

Preliminary counts of Dunlin at 290 and Ringed Plover at 40 #LytchettFields @harbourbirds @NarwhalSh

01/09/2017 - 17:32 Birds Poole Harbour

1 Wood Sand, 2 Ruff, 1 LRP, 4 Green Sand, c20 Ringo, c150 Dunlin, 6 Greenshank @ Lytchett Fields @NarwhalSh @DorsetBirdClub

01/09/2017 - 08:48 Shaun Robson

Wood Sand, Ruff still at #RSPBLytchettFields also 284 Dunlin and 38 Ringed Plover plus much more @harbourbirds @RSPBArne @DorsetBirdClub

31/08/2017 - 21:18 Freddy Alway

8 blk wit 3 knot 8 com sands 60 ish Dunlin 10 rp 1 grey plover 4 sanderling. On the west area of fleet. Pm.

29/08/2017 - 17:53 Ian Ballam

#LytchettFields this pm, 1 Wood Sand, 2 Ruff, 25+ Ringo, 180+ Dunlin, 60+ Blackwit, 80+ Rshank, 8 Gshank, 10+YWags @harbourbirds @NarwhalSh

29/08/2017 - 16:59 James Phillips

RT @lookin4spoonies: 16:20hrs: Quick look at Ferrybridge produced 61 Ringed Plover, 6 Sanderling, 12 Dunlin, 1 Bar-tailed godwit @PortlandB…

29/08/2017 - 12:45 Freddy Alway

On the fleet. Little stint west . 2 sanderling. Turnstone. Grey plover. 100+ Dunlin. 20 rp. Ywags tree pip wheatears a few warblers

29/08/2017 - 08:17 Shaun Robson Wood Sand and Ruff both present but elusive at #RSBPLytchettFields. 183Dun, 22RP, 14GS, 6GK, lots RK, BtG, LP @harbourbirds @DorsetBirdClub
28/08/2017 - 20:23 Ian Ballam 189 Dunlin and 26 Ringed Plover and others turning and twisting over #Lytchettfields
28/08/2017 - 17:39 Ian Ballam Ruff on FP again this evening, also well over 150 Dunlin and 26 Ringed Plover #LytchettFields @harbourbirds @NarwhalSh
28/08/2017 - 08:19 Tom Brereton 2 Willow Warblers inc one singing in the garden this morning, Bridport. Ringed Plover, Dunlin, Sanderling West Bay beach w/e whilst swimming
27/08/2017 - 09:14 Debby Saunders Ferrybridge this am 92 Ringed Plover, 5 Dunlin, Barwit, Redshank, Sanderling, 16 Wheatear, 17 Yellow Wag, Grey Wag, 3 Grey Heron, Y-l Gull
26/08/2017 - 18:03 Shaun Robson #RSPBLytchettFields has rarely looked better than this PM. Knot, 11RP, 12GK, 151Dun, 151RK, 101BKW, ComSa, 20+ GS,…
26/08/2017 - 09:53 Paul Harris Also from Rodden Hive: Green and Common Sand, sum plum Grey Plover, 80+ Dunlin. Good numbers of Yellow Wag going N.
23/08/2017 - 18:48 Christchurch Harbour Ornithological Group A decent selection of #waders around #ChristchurchHarbour today. Details now at
23/08/2017 - 18:15 Steve Groves A few waders around today...9 Greenshank, 4 Redshank, 4 Common Sandpiper, 5 Dunlin, Oystercatcher. A few Yellow Wagtail the best passerines.
22/08/2017 - 11:20 Debby Saunders Ferrybridge late morning 89 Ringed Plover, 20 Dunlin, 9 Wheatear, 2 Brent Geese, 7 Sandwich and 1 Common Tern west
21/08/2017 - 20:44 Ian Ballam Almost 400 waders on French's pools when I left, 123 Redshank, 104 Blackwit, 91 Dunlin , 54 Lapwing, 12 Greenshank,2 Com Sand & 1 Green Sand
Name of species Dunlin
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