Date: 2/9/17 6:03 pm
From: Brandon <flammowl17...>
Subject: [cobirds] Re: Dunlin - Interspecies friendship?
The two times I've seen the Dunlin in Pueblo in the last few weeks, it
hasn't been feeding next to other shorebirds (though there are other
shorebirds around, like Killdeer and Spotted Sandpiper).

I don't know if it still around, I haven't looked for it this week,
and no other Pueblo birders have told me, if they have looked for it,
or seen it (most of them saw it on Sunday though). I think it could
still be here. If the wind ever stops, maybe I'll go look again.

Brandon Percival
Pueblo West, CO

On 2/9/17, Gregg Goodrich <gregggoodrich...> wrote:
> The Dunlin at McLellen continues to hangout with the Killdeer. This is my
> third trip and each time they have been together. Is their a mutual benefit
> to this relationship? I would think they could both easily find food
> without the other. There are coyotes at the lake. See photo in checklist.
> Maybe 2 pair of eyes are better that one to help alert to danger.
> Then there is the Brandt and the Greater White-fronted Goose that seem to
> always be together at the Lone Tree golf club. Certainly there are plenty
> of other geese to sound an alarm.
> Maybe it is just a need for companionship. And since their same species is
> not around, they have found another species. Other examples of interspecies
> friendships?
> Gregg Goodrich
> Highlands Ranch


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