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Hello FLORIDABIRDers,

Saturday, 17 February 2001, between 3:05pm and 3:35pm,
Pam Bowen, Joe Stewart, Susan Gosselin, and I observed
a possible WHITE MORPH of  a DUNLIN at Merritt Island
National Wildlife Refuge <Pump House Road, first large
pond on LEFT heading East>.

This small, all white, stocky bird with a large head
and long drooping bill had some minor darkness on the
crown and on the breast which may be dark feathers or
mud.

The legs and bill had a peach-orange color.

The eyes were dark.

It was seen feeding with DUNLINS in the shallow water
of the mud flats in a larger flock of mixed origin
<mostly White Ibus, Ring-billed Gulls, and Dunlins>.

It was observed probing the sand rapidly with its
bill, flying, preaning, and, wing flapping.

PHOTOS will be posted by Pam and Susan.

Happy Birding!

ara
ara charder, west cocoa
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