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 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...