Dunlin- after a few days away without the computer, here’s another wader seen on our trip to the north east, and one that can be seen on most of our coasts, feeding along the receding or incoming tide-line. These Dunlin are in their less colourful winter plumage. Dunlin breed on inland uplands but overwinter in flocks, sometimes numbering thousands. They roost on marshes and fields, feeding on worms, insects and snails both there and along the shore. They have dark, slightly down-curved bills. Their back-markings and pale undersides are worth getting familiar with as they swoop and dive in flight. Conditions: Bright, dry days and frosty nights. Temperature: Max 5- Min 3c.