Sounds of Nature – Dunlin at Bay of Culkein

September 17th 2019

Welcome to our third Sounds of Nature post which we do hope you are enjoying as much as we are.

Many thanks again to Assynt visitor Clive Davies from Stafford who recorded these spring passage Dunlin, Calidris alpina, at Bay of Culkein with a 20 inch parabolic reflector and stereo microphones.

A few of the Dunlin that stop at Bay of Culkein in the spring and autumn may well be ‘local’ breeding birds but the vast majority will be on their way to and from breeding grounds in Iceland. The biggest numbers tend to occur in the spring around early-mid May when several hundred can gather at this location.

David Haines

 

More “Sounds of Nature” posts

Twite at Culkein Stoer

Hydrophones under Bay of Culkein

Swallows at Culkein Stoer

House Sparrows at Culkein Drumbeg

 

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