Bird #205 — Dunlin

calidris (speckled water bird) alpina (alpine)

Friday, May 15, 1981 — 7:10 am

Hoffman Estates, Illinois — Poplar Creek Forest Preserve — Bode and Barrington Roads

My big day was going pretty well.  At 7:00 a.m. I had already seen 22 species, and two of them were lifers.  I left Hanover Park and drove north toward Crabtree. On Barrington Road I noticed a flooded field in a forest preserve. I pulled over and scoped things out.

There were a number of small mud flats in the slough, and a number of shorebirds foraging in the mud and water. The Dunlin was standing on one of the small flats, but every so often it did forage around a little bit.

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