~Today’s Feathered Friend – Whimbrel~

Whimbrel

Whimbrels in Flight
Hunting

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.

Whimbrel
Watching

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)

 

There are four!
Gliding

Searching for food
Searching

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/

for Feathers-On-Friday

 

18 thoughts on “~Today’s Feathered Friend – Whimbrel~”

    1. 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!

    1. 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.

  1. 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!

    1. 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!

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