it is reasonable to believe that the breeding population is less than 50 pairs.
Let us presume that would be 48 dunlin couples. Divided equally among Bjørnøya (Bear island), the Kongsfjorden area, and the Isfjorden area which includes the Adventdalen valley and other valleys. That would mean 16 dunlin couples which Adventdalen would have to share with the rest of the Isfjorden area.
My impression is that would be a very low estimate for the 2013 Adventdalen dunlin breeding season; which had just begun in early June. I had seen dunlins elsewhere in Adventdalen. And here, in the wet tundra near dog cages, they seemed the most common bird species around. Maybe even 16 couples or more, just for this relatively small part of the Isfjorden area already.
Svalbardbirds.com calls the dunlin a “common but dispersed breeder” for the archipelago. That seems more realistic, though they do not estimate numbers.
Sometimes, the local dunlins in this part of Adventdalen quarreled with the lone male pectoral sandpiper.
Sometimes, they were at peace with it.
We have discussed the lone male pectoral sandpiper’s mating season. How about the dunlins’ mating season? That will be another blog post.
- Svalbard pectoral sandpiper mating season (dearkitty1.wordpress.com)
- Svalbard snow buntings in Adventdalen (dearkitty1.wordpress.com)
- Rare birds in Arctic Svalbard (dearkitty1.wordpress.com)
- Svalbard king eider ducks and reindeer (dearkitty1.wordpress.com)
- Svalbard long-tailed ducks (dearkitty1.wordpress.com)
- Svalbard phalaropes, snow buntings, and king eiders (dearkitty1.wordpress.com)
- Svalbard red-throated divers and long-tailed ducks (dearkitty1.wordpress.com)
- Svalbard king eiders and phalaropes (dearkitty1.wordpress.com)
- Svalbard pink-footed geese, red-throated divers and king eiders (dearkitty1.wordpress.com)
- Spitsbergen songbirds (dearkitty1.wordpress.com)