Thursday, May 20, 2021


Erika and I were delighted to discover a flock of over a dozen Whimbrels on 17 May 2021 at the Nisqually national wildlife refuge. We’ve seen Whimbrels at Nisqually before, most recently on 8 April 2021, but never at such close range. Whimbrels breed in far north latitudes around the world. In the New World, they winter along the coasts from Vancouver Island and North Carolina south to Tierra del Fuego and the interior of Brazil. Some migrants fly nonstop over the Atlantic (4,000 km) from southern Canada to South America. Non-breeding birds occasionally spend summers loafing on their wintering grounds.

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