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9151Re: [wsbn] Looks like the birds were Dunlin [2 Attachments]

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  • Brenda Wright
    Aug 24, 2014
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      Greetings,
      I am out on a LIMB but this bird head is not a Dunlin for two reasons. Dunlins have a very different bill than this bird has. Reason number two, Dunlins are late migrants and are very unlikely to be moving through until later in the year.
      I believe based on the very long, black, and thin bill that it belongs to a Wilson's Phalarope. The gray head and white on the face also works. Now start SAWING! I think I even know what killed the bird and ate it. Peregrine Falcons are in the area and often leave the head after feeding on their prey. The phalarope was likely in flight and struck in the air and killed and eaten near where the remains were photographed.
      Leigh, thanks for the report!
      Coen

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      On Sun, 8/24/14, Leigh Robertson leighrobertson3@... [wsbn] <wsbn-noreply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

      Subject: [wsbn] Looks like the birds were Dunlin [2 Attachments]
      To: wsbn@yahoogroups.com
      Date: Sunday, August 24, 2014, 12:48 PM


       









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      Hi All,
      An amazing serendipitous happening occurred
      this am. I was riding my bike on the river trail, and
      halfway up the steep hill, I found the head of a bird (see
      attachments if you're not squeamish). Looks like a
      Dunlin to me, so I think the birds I saw in the murmuration
      this morning must have been Dunlin. Wow!


      Here's a video I found on YouTube that
      shows what it looks like: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ObDlvBLPxas

      ​I also found this online:
       Widespread and locally common in
      many parts of the northern hemisphere, the Dunlin has been
      the object of many studies, and has dazzled many observers
      with its large flocks and swift, synchronized flights. On
      pointed, falcon-like wings, this medium-sized sandpiper can
      reach speeds of 110 miles per hour. ​(from: http://birds.audubon.org/species/dunlin)

      Sincerely,
      Leigh
      Robertson970-316-1650











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