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Local survival of Dunlin wintering in California

January 1, 1997

We estimated local annual survival of 1,051 individually color-banded Dunlin (Calidris alpina) at Bolinas Lagoon, California from 1979 to 1992. Resighting rates for birds banded as adults varied significantly among years, and resighting rates for first-year birds varied by sex and year. No significant differences in local survival rates were found between males and females in any age classes. First-year birds had lower local survival rates than adults. We suspect that raptor predation accounted for much of this difference and other variation in survival rates. Adult Dunlin had lower local survival rates in the year of capture than in subsequent years. Variation in resighting of some groups of individuals including transient Dunlin may account for some differences. However, capture and release of Dunlin may induce short-term behavioral changes that increase the risk of depredation by avian predators within the first few days after capture.

Citation Information

Publication Year 1997
Title Local survival of Dunlin wintering in California
Authors N. Warnock, G. W. Page, B. K. Sandercock
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Condor
Series Number
Index ID 70020223
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization