Dunlins are part of the ‘wader’ bird family, which frequent shallow water in search of food. They appear in Galway during the winter months, having migrated from places like Scandinavia, Siberia, and North West Africa. You’ll find them combing the mudflats of our beaches for worms and gastropods left behind by the tide. Dunlins travel and feed in large flocks. They can be identified by their brown-and-white plumage, small stumpy bodies, and black pointy bills.