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Curlew or Whimbrel, Ireland, Jan 2019

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Old Sunday 27th January 2019, 19:49   #1
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Curlew or Whimbrel, Ireland, Jan 2019

I can't decide whether this is a Curlew or Whimbrel.
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Old Sunday 27th January 2019, 19:53   #2
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Old Sunday 27th January 2019, 20:41   #3
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I've got mixed up with these birds before and the guys on here have taught me that a Whimbrel tends to have a dark/darker stripe on the head. Yours lacks this.

Forget thinking about the shape of its bill as both birds bills can vary in length and curvature - but a Whimbrel's tends to be more straight then a curve near the tip, but you already know this.

Still haven't actually seen a Whimbrel though
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Old Sunday 27th January 2019, 21:06   #4
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Still haven't actually seen a Whimbrel though [/quote]

You won't see one in Ireland in January either. They're sunning themselves in Africa
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Old Sunday 27th January 2019, 23:21   #5
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You won't see one in Ireland in January either. They're sunning themselves in Africa
Not totally true - a small number overwinter on the coast of especially Southern Ireland and SW UK.
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Old Monday 28th January 2019, 03:15   #6
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eurasian curlew
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Old Monday 28th January 2019, 07:12   #7
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Not totally true - a small number overwinter on the coast of especially Southern Ireland and SW UK.
True, I forgot about the 30, or so, lazy ones. Should have said 'unlikely'.
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Old Monday 28th January 2019, 07:17   #8
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I agree with Curlew.
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True, I forgot about the 30, or so, lazy ones. Should have said 'unlikely'.


It's quite interesting - a small number of Redshank and Curlew also overwinter on similar rocky shorelines - different populations/subsp even, learned behaviour or what?

I guess a small number must also overwinter NW France/Spain etc in similar habitats ...
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There's a thread on here about a Rock or Water Pipit down in Portugal......seems it could well be the form of Scandinavian Rock Pipit, a long way South.
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Old Monday 28th January 2019, 18:48   #11
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Over wintering Whimbrel

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