August 01, 2013

Whimbrel

Whimbrel by ricmcarthur
Whimbrel, a photo by ricmcarthur on Flickr.
We were out on the boat yesterday and had a good day of birding.
Kingfisher, sandhill cranes and this whimbrel were the highlights.
We normally see whimbrel in the spring but this is the first we have seen in the summer.
They probe the sand for marine invertebratesYou can see the grains of sand on its bill and the nostril hole that goes right through.

Numenius phaeopus.
Photo taken at Rondeau Provincial Park in southwestern Ontario.

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