Tuesday, November 8, 2011


A friend of mine who works at the Fish and Wildlife Service tells me these are dunlins - a word I've never heard before in my life unless we're talking about chicken and dunlins, and I really don't think anybody would ever confuse dunlins for dumplin's I really don't think we are.

I would have said sandpiper or something like that. For all I know sandpiper and dunlin are interchangeable terms, like saying Kleenex for tissue, or Xerox for copy.  Or somethin'.

All I do know is there was a bunch of these birds down at Aaron's Beach the same day I saw that deer.

What's the difference between a dunlin and, say, a sandpiper? Am I the only one who has never heard of dunlins before?

p.s. A quick Google search produced this on the topic.  You learn something new every day...


deborah said...

I thought they were sandpipers, too. I guess they are, aren't they?
Chicken and dunlins sounds good to me-
Have a great day!

Deltaville Jamie said...

I think sandpiper is a broader classification and dunlin more specific. I miss the beach.

Maria_NJ said...

I went to a garage sale last weekend and a lady had these wooden birds for sale, I love waterbirds but she was selling them for $10 each, now if she had a egret I would have bought one...but she had ones that looked like that...I am trying to get some nautical stuff together because when we move I am doing my "rivah room" in nautical motif.

Daryl said...

To me they are just pretty birdies, I cant tell the difference between sparrows and house finches

Dghawk4 said...

Very interesting. Never heard of a dunlin. I have heard of dunloped disease. You know, that's where your belly's dunloped over your belt.
Great pictures though. I love watching birds. They always seem so free.