Are these Long-billed Curlews?
Posted 21 July 2012 - 07:30 PM
What are they?
Posted 21 July 2012 - 07:39 PM
Posted 21 July 2012 - 08:22 PM
Posted 21 July 2012 - 08:29 PM
I reckon the short (for the species) bill might suggest juvenile LBCU, but these are not Whimbrels.
Not my photo, but it demonstrates what I'm saying. Whimbrel: short thick bill, and a contrasting crown/supercilium: http://pb.wildnature...0d_ad4-5624.jpg
Edited by Liam, 21 July 2012 - 08:31 PM.
Posted 21 July 2012 - 09:29 PM
EDIT: I see a comment about Whimbrels being out of range. Actually, they are somewhat rare here, but they are here and sometimes are hanging out with the LBCUs (I was seeing them in the same general vicinity as Antelope Island in May of this year). I don't have a field guide handy so won't get involved in which they are.
Posted 21 July 2012 - 09:38 PM
Although these aren't Whimbrel, I don't think you can rule them out by range anywhere in the country this time of year -- their southbound migration actually starts in mid-June, so by mid-July you could definitely get a few birds in Utah.
Posted 21 July 2012 - 09:39 PM
Posted 21 July 2012 - 10:05 PM
-- their southbound migration actually starts in mid-June, so by mid-July you could definitely get a few birds in Utah.
Whimbrels were being reported in the area of the Great Salt Lake by early-mid May. During the Great Salt Lake Bird Festival (5/17-21), there were several confirmed sightings.
Posted 21 July 2012 - 10:09 PM
Long-billeds have ridiculously long bills, while these have only mildly absurd bills.
I love that comparison! I keep searching for the proper adjectives for these guys.
The way I tried to teach myself to tell the difference without getting involved in head patterns, is to think where the tip of the bill would hit if the bird were to just look down without bending his neck. It seems like the LBCU's bill would touch the ground, while the WHIM's would just touch his knees. But, then, I started seeing juvie LBCU's not too long ago and that blew my theory.
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