Friday, July 20, 2018

Long-billed Curlew

On 19 February 2018 we continued down the Texas coast. We were amazed at the devastation caused by last fall’s hurricane of Rockport, one of our favorite birding places. We did manage to find several Long-billed Curlews. These birds breed in the northern Great Plains prairies. They winter along North American coasts, south into Central America. They eat a wide variety of invertebrates, and even some small vertebrates. In the winter they consume shrimp and crabs that burrow into coastal mudflats. In the summer they subsist on earthworms and arthropods.

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