In San Diego County the Dunlin (Calidris alpina) is found mostly on the tidal mudflats of San Diego, Mission Bay, and the Tijuana River Estuary. Though not rare, the Dunlin in its drab nonbreeding plumage can be overlooked among outnumbering flocks of various other shorebirds.
Dunlins arrive in San Diego in September, later than most
shorebirds, as they molt before migrating south. From Alaska they spend the
winter mainly along our coast, only a few visiting inland lakeshores.
PHOTO CREDIT: Dick Daniels, http://carolinabirds.org