On the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, a shorebird member of the sandpiper group feeds along the shorelines.
Dunlins (Calidris alpina) scour sand, mud, dirt and water, along ocean, ponds and sound. With their sensitive-tipped beak they locate snails, worms, insects, clams, mussels and seeds.
Dunlins are common on the refuge and Outer Banks, but other shorebirds, such as sanderlings, plovers, killdeer and oystercatchers often get more attention.
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