Saturday, March 21, 2015

Long-billed Curlew

I had the great opportunity today to go birding the Bunche Beach area with a friend visiting Sanibel (Hi Lisa!). There were two bird walks taking place this morning, one with the Lee Co Bird Patrol
 and the other with the San-Cap Audubon group.
The tide is super low, the sun is shining, there is a gentle breeze and we are surrounded by birds and knowledgeable people - it doesn't get much better than that.
I have to admit that the conversations were lively and the company was entertaining - hence the reason for the lack of photos - however the "star" of the day is being, folks, say hello to:
Long-billed Curlew.

Even though this is not something that you would expect to see around here - this particular bird has adopted our area and can be seen on a regular basis at Bunche Beach.....we can't blame him for that choice now, can we.

He sports beautiful cinnamon-brown color above and is buff below, with a very long, strongly down-curved bill.

And just for comparison purposes - I've included a photo (below) of a Whimbrel that I took last Summer at CWA.

The Whimbrel is a smaller bird by 5" and has a dark eye line extending through the lores - also, I notice that there is no pink hues on his lower bill.

Soon, the Curlew decided to move on....

And so did we. A great way to end, don't you think? 
My E-Bird List for today

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