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Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Whimbrel, a large sandpiper visiting Pueblo Res

Today I received a call from a Pueblo birder who had found a rare gull. Since it was at the Pueblo Reservoir, which is only about 30 miles away, I drove down. That gull took off and we couldn't refind it, but there were some other treats there including this Whimbrel.

Whimbrels are the most widespread member of the curlew family (the Long-billed Curlew being best known). As can be seen in these pics, they have a long and down-curved bill. Though it is mostly gray-brown in coloration, it has two distinctive head stripes.

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