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Castle Island birds and the dog that wanted to eat them

Dunlin at Castle Island

Mary Ellen took Dolly the dog up to Castle Island for a walk yesterday.

They spotted a plump dunlin, a flock of them and a female common eider (also purple sandpipers, which to the untrained eye look just like dunlins, only more gray than brown):

Dunlins
common eider

Dolly seemed particularly interested in sampling one or two, but Mary Ellen reports none took her request seriously and so didn't simply fly into her mouth:

Dolly on the seawall

Also, it was pretty floody along the walkways as high tide approached:

Flooding at Castle Island
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