From Audubon Society of Northern Virginia <[email protected]>
Subject Monday Nature Mystery
Date August 21, 2023 11:59 PM
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Can you guess what this is? Plus last week's answer and winner!

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** Monday Nature Mystery

We have no winner this week! Phoenix Poppendeck answered correctly but has already won twice. Steven Allen was very close, but spelled the latin name incorrectly. We had some other great guesses, but this bird is the Dunlin (Calidris alpina)!

According to All About Birds ([link removed]) , in spring, male Dunlin arrive on the breeding grounds ahead of females and set up nesting territories as the snow and ice melt from the tundra. They mark territories with flights and song, a burry, reverberating, descending trill unlike any other sound of the tundra. In display, they fly over the territory with rapid, fluttering wingbeats, punctuated by short glides on cupped wings. They also sometimes call and sing from the ground, raising one wing.
Last Week's Mystery: Dunlin (Calidris alpina) Photo: Mason Maron/Audubon Photography Awards
Each Monday we’ll post a new photo and identify the previous week’s winner. They’ll receive an ASNV hat or tote bag.

Be sure to post your answer on our Facebook page @AudubonVA ([link removed]) under the Monday Mystery not reply to this email with your guess! We only accept entries from our Facebook page, not via email.

Please remember to write the common name, being mindful of hyphens, uppercase and lowercase letters and always include the Latin name in parentheses. To learn more about bird names click here ([link removed]) .
Who is this? Photo: Judy Gallagher

This week’s Mystery: Who is this?

Post your guess (please list both common name and Latin name) on our Facebook page @AudubonVA ([link removed]) under this week's Monday Nature Mystery. Remember, we only accept entries from our Facebook page, not via email!

Good luck!

-Audubon Society of Northern Virginia

Please note that we only accept entries on our Facebook page where they are date- and time-stamped. Remember that, if you need to correct your entry, you should make a new posting rather than correcting the old one so that we get a correct time stamp for your correction. Winners are limited to one prize every 90 days, maximum 2 per person.

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