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I love shorebirds, and I miss seeing them every year. Besides being beautiful to look at and fascinating to watch, shorebirds remind me of my travels to Japan, where I saw 17 new species of birds (all shorebirds, and all in breeding plumage) in ONE DAY! Needless to say, I nearly died from joy on that particular day. When I lived in Seattle, I also spent a tremendous amount of time birding at a variety of shorelines from British Columbia all the way down through California, and I also regularly visited several migrating long-billed curlews who refueled in a cattle pasture in central Washington state every springtime.

Whimbrel, Numenius phaeopus at Bolivar Flats, Texas.
Image: Joseph Kennedy, 2 July 2008 [larger view].
Nikon D200, Kowa 883 telescope with TSN-PZ camera eyepiece 1/2000s f/8.0 at 1000.0mm iso400.

About GrrlScientist

grrlscientist is the pseudonym of an evolutionary biologist and ornithologist who writes about evolution, ethology, and ecology, especially in birds. After earning a degree in microbiology (thesis focus: virology) and working at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, she earned her PhD in zoology from the University of Washington in Seattle, where she studied the molecular correlates of testosterone and behaviour in white-crowned sparrows. She then worked a Chapman Postdoctoral Fellow at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, where she studied the speciation and distribution of lories and other parrots throughout the South Pacific Islands. A discarded scientist, she returned to her roots: writing. Formerly hosted by The Guardian (UK), she now writes about science for Forbes and for the non-profit think tank, the Evolution Institute and she writes podcasts for BirdNote Radio. An avid lifelong birder and aviculturist, she lives with a flock of songbirds and parrots somewhere in Germany.
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0 Responses to Whimbrel

  1. Jeanette says:

    Wow–awesome photo! Pure beauty! Thanks to Joseph Kennedy from Texas for the beautiful photo and also thanks to you, Devorah, for your wonderful blog!

  2. themadlolscientist says:

    =grin= How could anyone not love a bird with a name like “Whimbrel”?

  3. Nick says:

    Do you spend any time down at Jamaica Bay?

  4. Nellie Larsen says:

    Your statement that you “miss seeing shorebirds every year,” is very puzzling. According to your blog, you live in New York City and spend time in a tree in Central Park. If you will look at a map of the area, you will see that the City is located on the Atlantic coast where shorebirds are present most of the year.

  5. i don’t go to jamaica bay because of time and financial constraints.