from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A rust-brown and white sandpiper (Calidris alpina) that breeds in northern regions of North America and Eurasia.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun The red-backed sandpiper, Tringa (Pelidna) alpina, widely dispersed and very abundant in the northern hemisphere, especially along sea-coasts, during the extensive migrations it performs between its arctic breeding-grounds and its temperate or tropical winter resorts.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Zoöl.) A species of sandpiper (
Tringa alpina); -- called also churr, dorbie, grass bird, and red-backed sandpiper. It is found both in Europe and America.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun A small
wading bird, Calidris alpina, found along the coast and with a distinctive black belly patch in its breeding plumage. A type of stint.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun small common sandpiper that breeds in northern or Arctic regions and winters in southern United States or Mediterranean regions
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
A shorebird called the dunlin is found by the thousands in the reserve.
The Severn Estuary, where the celebrated naturalist Sir Peter Scott founded Slimbridge, the wildfowl refuge which became one of the world's most famous nature reserves, provides an 86,000-acre feeding ground for wild swans, geese and many thousands of wading birds, such as dunlin, turnstone, oystercatcher and ringed plover, from all over Europe.
He comes to see the curlews and dunlin, the Brent geese and sparrowhawks, "no longer . . . as representatives of their species" but as individual beings, with homes, ages and "histories."
But it is the dunlin which are the most methodical.
We could imagine the plaintive call of curlews just back from some salty estuary and the solitary piping of a dunlin, seemingly lost in all that bogland waste.
I thought it dangerously late in the season for controlled heather burning, a real threat to ground nesting birds like red grouse and dunlin.
Arctic breeding shorebirds such as the dunlin, whimbrel and western sandpiper converge on the rich feeding grounds along the coasts from Louisiana to Florida.
Breeding origin and migration pattern of dunlin ( '' Calidris alpina '') revealed by mitochondrial DNA analysis.
Species such as red knot ( '' Calidris canutus '') and ruddy turnstone ( '' Arenaria interpres '') are inferred to have had much larger populations and more extensive breeding areas during glacial stages, although others, such as dunlin ( '' C. alpina ''), exhibit evidence of range fragmentation during glacial stages leading to the evolution of distinct geographically restricted infraspecific taxa.
Flotsam gives shelter to sandflies and other food for the small flocks of wading birds that kept wheeling in like a single organism, landing or taking off on the instant in perfect unison: sandlings, ringed plover, gadwall and dunlin.