Whimbrels at Spanish Bay, CA

Whimbrel
Whimbrel

Whimbrel–17 1/2″, striped crown, bill about half the length of the bird

 

On our first full day in California, my husband and I put birding aside to do some sightseeing. We went on the 17-mile-drive through Pebble Beach with its famous golf courses and neighborhoods where the houses along the coast cost a gazillion dollars.  Although the windy roads were scenic and enjoyable, our favorite stop was #4, Spanish Bay, at low tide.  Among the mounds of debris washed up on the shore were birds picking and probing the sand for goodies.  Several of them were Whimbrels, large shorebirds with long curved beaks, reddish-pink and black in color.  They use these bills more for picking up their food than for probing deep in the sand like the godwits.

 

Whimbrel

Getting his feathers ruffled

 

Whimbrel

Getting sleepy

 

Whimbrel

Getting sleepier

 

Whimbrel

Ahhhhhh!

 

 

 

Lauren Shaffer

Lauren Shaffer wrote 140 posts

Post navigation


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes:

<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>