May 26, 2014

Whimbrel on the wing

We finally got the pontoon boat in the water today and took a little cruise.
We spotted about 120 whimbrel on Rondeau Provincial Parks south beach near Erieau, Ontario.

It was  choppy making it difficult to get good photos. I think I'll try again tomorrow.

Numenius phaeopus

One of the most wide-ranging shorebirds in the world, the Whimbrel breeds in the Arctic in the eastern and western hemispheres, and migrates to South America, Africa, south Asia, and Australia. It uses its long, down-curved bill to probe deep in the sand of beaches for invertebrates, but also feeds on berries and insects.

Some migrating Whimbrels make a nonstop flight of 4,000 km (2,500 miles) from southern Canada or New England to South America.

source- Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

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