sedona whimbrel
8 Apr 2019, 2:13 PM,
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sedona whimbrel
sam hough watched and photographed (fastest camera in the west) a WHIMBREL as it flew a lap around the wetlands this morning. i think this is a 1st ever yavapai record. unfortunately for the rest of us it did not land at all and went north.

maybe folks in flagstaff area should go check shores?
 
Rich Armstrong
928-282-3675
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9 Apr 2019, 6:00 AM,
#2
RE: sedona whimbrel
I have a previous WHIM record:

6 APR 1998 Verde Santa Fe GC Cornville
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9 Apr 2019, 8:45 AM,
#3
RE: sedona whimbrel
Based on the pics on eBird (https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54714794) I think yesterday's bird is a Long-billed Curlew with a relatively short bill. The lack of pattern on the head, mostly unpatterned cinnamon underwings, and orange coloring in the secondaries all point in this direction.

Jason
Flagstaff, AZ
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9 Apr 2019, 12:01 PM,
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RE: sedona whimbrel
Also, Long-billed Curlews here in northern Arizona tend to show on their northward passage in the first week of April (and continuing into late May) whereas, if I recall correctly, most of the handful of northern Arizona Whimbrel records are from a tighter window from late April to early May.
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9 Apr 2019, 12:09 PM,
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RE: sedona whimbrel
Chuck, according to the data Roger provided, the Whimbrel window in Yavapai is from dawn til dusk on April 6. :-)
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9 Apr 2019, 1:15 PM,
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RE: sedona whimbrel
azfo experts also declared it to be a long-billed curlew. so it must be a record for shortest bill ever on a long-billed curlew, or sam has discovered a new species "short-billed curlew"
sorry for botching yet another one
rich armstrong
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9 Apr 2019, 4:12 PM,
#7
RE: sedona whimbrel
Wait till you run into a light-colored, small-billed, dainty Herring Gull my friend.

As Chuck often says, "birding is a humbling experience". 
Tom
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9 Apr 2019, 4:36 PM,
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RE: sedona whimbrel
I once identified a pair of Mallards as a pair of Red-winged Blackbirds. That takes pure talent.
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9 Apr 2019, 6:03 PM,
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RE: sedona whimbrel
The 1998 Whimbrel was in the company of 5 curlews, so that did simplify the ID.

Some of the more interesting shorebird sightings in the Verde occur during windy periods in April ... such as we are currently experiencing. A good time to check golf courses and other swards.
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9 Apr 2019, 8:45 PM,
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RE: sedona whimbrel
(9 Apr 2019, 6:03 PM)Roger Wrote: The 1998 Whimbrel was in the company  of 5 curlews, so that did simplify the ID.

Some of the more interesting shorebird sightings in the Verde occur during windy periods in April ... such as we are currently experiencing. A good time to check golf courses and other swards.
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9 Apr 2019, 8:49 PM,
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RE: sedona whimbrel
Chuck, in my 3rd year of birding, I once screamed out a rarity at Cape May Bird Observatory that had THOSE GUYS running to see it, only for it to turn into a female HOSP. 
T
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10 Apr 2019, 7:07 AM,
#12
RE: sedona whimbrel
I called a side-blotched lizard a Black-throated Gray Warbler. Anyone can mis-ID in the wrong genus or family--when you're in a whole different class, that's a real achievement. 

Big Grin
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