Numenius phaeopus

Whimbrel, Numenius phaeopusThis is about as good a view as I can get of a whimbrel from my back yard.  The whimbrel is a long legged shore bird, normally expected to be in the wetlands.  But sometimes they feed in irrigated fields or lawns, saturated after a heavy rain.

Whimbrel, Numenius phaeopusThe most notable characteristic of the whimbrel is its very long, down curved bill.

Whimbrel, Numenius phaeopusHere is a flock of whimbrels arriving at a nearby strawberry field.

Whimbrel, Numenius phaeopusRather than eating the strawberries, whimbrels are looking for worms and such.

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