birding, birdwatching, British birds, bundie, Calidris alpina, Dunlin, Kenfig National Nature Reserve, peewee, pickerel, sandmouse, sea lark, Sker Rocks
Here’s another beautiful wader from my recent bird club walk at Kenfig National Nature Reserve.
The Dunlin (Calidris alpina) is probably the British wader most people have seen – even if they didn’t realise what it was. With 9,600 breeding pairs and 350,000 Dunlin over-wintering in Britain, it’s certainly the most common.
And because it’s so common, it’s been given a huge number of common names by the folks that live in different parts of these isles. Some of my favourites are: sand mouse (Westmorland), peewee (Northamptonshire), pickerel (Scotland), bundie (Orkney), and sea lark, from several different locations.
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