Dunlins at Dawn
|Dunlins hurtling past|
When I have seen them they have been frequenting primarily the first lagoon - Monks. Views of these small waders have often been best from Hide 1 or the Redshank Platform.
Many of my readers may ask - why are we seeing so many Dunlins all of a sudden at the lagoons?
Well spring migration is now under way and these birds are very likely congregating in order to make a journey to Iceland and Scandinavia. These birds are most likely to be birds that have wintered in the United Kingdom and possibly western Europe.
There are three main different sub-species of Dunlins (There are apparently ten sub-species world wide). I have read that there are three of these sub-species that are known to occur in Europe and may appear in the UK. (Ref 1) -
- C.a. Alpina - breeds in Northern Scandanavia, and eastwards to Northern Russia. This sub-species winters in West Europe (including UK) and Mediterranean (Ref 2).
- C.a. Schinizi- breeds in South Eastern Greenland, Iceland, the Faroe Islands, Northern Britain, and Southern Scandanavia. This sub-species winters mainly in West Africa (Ref 2).
- C.a Arctica - breeds in North-Eastern Greenland and Svalbard. This sub-species winters in West Africa (Ref 2).
|Dunlins landing on Monks|
|Dunlins feeding on Monks|
|Dunlins do a close fly past at Priors Lagoon.|
|Drake Garganey ( record shot)|
|Sunrise from Priors|