On the same beach on which the Oystercatchers we feasting on Mussels there was a small group of Whimbrels hanging out, resting, and also foraging on the exposed bounty of the sea.
Like their large relatives the Curlew, Whimbrels nest on open tundra of Alaska and Canada. It seems that this must have been a group heading towards their breeding grounds and perhaps took a stopover on this beach to rest and fuel up.
Most of the group was resting on freshly exposed mussels beds a veritable Whimbrel bed and breakfast so to speak.
Beautiful birds we rarely get to observe so seeing this flock was quite a treat.
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Oh, this is a great treat seeing whimbrel close-ups. Terrific photos, Mike.
We just found that 50% of the remaining Whimbrel have been flocking to local Sea Islands and the ACE Basin. This explains why we see them often yet their numbers are in a steep decline. Great shots, they are very shy here. But I keep trying.