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Sighted:    July 30, 2014
Location:  Beachside State Park, near Waldport, Oregon


The Whimbrel is a large wading bird. It is a long-legged, brown and white underparts and buff underparts.
It has faint streaks on sides and flanks with white-striped crown. This curlew has a long, black, decurved bill.
Tail and rump are brown and black barred. Legs and feet are blue-gray.
Preferred habitats include: marshes, prairies, shorelines, and mudflats.


Spotted feeding along the swash zone in the late afternoon. This bird feeds on small invertebrates and crabs.


A group of Whimbrels has many collective nouns, including:
my favorite- Time-step.

6 comments on “Whimbrel”

  1. Aren’t they lovely! I think it might be very nice to be in a bind, like the gulls and the Greater Yellowlegs (?) making cameo appearances in these photos.

  2. They are lovely… I don’t think they were accompanied by Greater Yellow Legs. Looks like they would be out of range. The guidebook map showed GYL further south on the Oregon Coast down near Bandon, perhaps. And further north in Washington in the Puget Sound/ Salish Sea.

    Must say, you have a very good eye! There were a few juvenile gulls hanging out in the “time step!” I’m glad you spotted this one, and led me back to the Melin web-identification guide. (Do you use Merlin? It’s a handy resource, in my opinion.) 🙂

    I’m 99% positive it is a juvenile Ring-billed Gull.

  3. Juveniles are tricky, but yeah, it has that petite squatness of a Ring-bill, doesn’t it? Thanks for the tip about Merlin, I’ll try to remember about it in a couple of days when I get a new iPad.

    My Yellowlegs query comes from the third gal over in the first photo. If she’s a Whimbrel she must’ve overslept this morning, because she forgot her eyeliner, isn’t wearing gingham wings like her friends, and put her beak on upside down! My knowledge of shorebirds is pretty skimpy, though, so if s/he’s not a Whimbrel, I don’t know what s/he is, either.

  4. You are absolutely right… she is different from the rest! I appreciate your keen observation! This may well be both of us viewing a bird that is uncommon. I consulted a copy of Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Western North America.

    I like a feature at the beginning of each bird family that shows a page of bird family thumb-nails. It helps in quickly choosing potential positive identifications.
    In this case, it paid off- I’d say our little ( well really not so little for a sandpiper) friend is a
    Marbled Godlet

    With your keen eye… there are links to photos if you click on the words- “bird family thumb-nails” and “Marbled Godlet.” in the text above.


  5. Those thumbnails on facing pages are really helpful. Yep, looks like you’ve identified it! We rock! 🙂

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