I am happy to share with you my sightings of these beautiful curlews. These photos were taken on a cloudy and windy day, July 14, 2014, while walking on the beach at Bullards Beach State Park in Bandon, Oregon.
The Whimbrel is the commonest curlew, which escaped the destruction suffered by other curlews at the hands of early gunners, probably because the species migrates chiefly over water. Its nesting habitat in Canada and Alaska hasn’t been disturbed so its numbers are stable. It is easily identified by its large size, distinctive head stripes, and decurved bill. It is a monogamous breeder and occasionally nests in loose colonies. (info taken from several birding books)
This was my first sighting of these Whimbrels, making it number 369 on my Birding Life List. It was exciting seeing these Whimbrels searching for food and taking flight along the shore of the Pacific Ocean. It was an extra special walk, this July day, because hubby and I were were accompanied by friends.
Joining Stewart at http://paying-ready-attention-gallery.blogspot.com
for Wild Bird Wednesday and
Charlotte at http://prairiebirder.wordpress.com/2014/08/29/feathers-on-friday-134/
18 thoughts on “~Today’s Feathered Friend – Whimbrel~”
How lucky to catch them in flight. Great captures 🙂
Hi Ingrid! it has been awhile since we have chatted, I hope you are doing well! Can you believe this Colorado weather, cool. Thanks for your sweet words! I wasn’t able to get too close to them, but it was fun trying!
Wonderful birds! Really great photos!
I truly thank you Marie!! It is always fun to see any bird, especially a new one. Hoping you enjoy this coming holiday!!
Great photos of the Whimbrels. I see them here in Australia for the southern summer while they rest for the next breeding season.
Wow, aren’t birds something, they have to be strong to survive! I was so glad to read that the Whimbrel is doing well. Thanks for sharing seeing them in Australia.
Great shots – love the ones of the birds in the air.
Cheers – Stewart M – Melbourne
Thanks Stewart! I so enjoy your site and seeing all the amazing bird captures from around the world!
I have so enjoyed getting caught up on your blog and its beautiful photos. Glacier remains one of our favorites and Two Medicine Lake especially. Welcome home!
Hey Lynda! Still having fun in Port Townsend!!! Yes, Glacier was amazing! We will go back and see more of the east side! We so enjoyed our time there! Happy Travels, will keep up with where you are!
Beautiful photos of these beautiful birds!
Gunilla, thank you so much, glad you enjoyed seeing these photos! Take care.
Your captures of this bird especially in flight are beautiful,thanks for sharing this bird & info,Phyllis
You are most welcome Phyllis! Thanks for visiting and commenting!
What a special day and beautiful pictures as always Sheila!
Gay, it was a very nice day. I think Bandon is my favorite place on the coast.
Congrats on the LIfer! these are such great birds!
Thank you Kathie! It was a thrill to see these birds! You are seeing so many birds, ones I have never seen. You are amazing!!