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  1. nartreb

    Help ID Bird, upstate New York

    I checked e-bird, there are a handful of curlew records in the Northeast, all either coastal or great-lake-coastal (with one exception in Connecticut). But it's always a single bird, seen for a day or three at most, then gone. You won't see a curlew again in the same location for five or ten...
  2. nartreb

    Help ID Bird, upstate New York

    Ducklings don't have long beaks, have webbed feet, and don't have a pattern much like woodcocks, so that's not it. But the idea of a cluster hiding under/near cover being a single brood does have a lot of appeal. I don't know the likely flock size for whimbrel on migration, but I'd guess they...
  3. nartreb

    Help ID Bird, upstate New York

    Curlew is not likely in New York, but Whimbrel is certainly possible. (So is at least one species of ibis, but the plumage is pretty different.) Edit 1: Also should give some consideration to rails (e.g. Clapper), but neither the habitat nor the bill shape sounds like a great match. Edit...