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Beautiful, BC(Zone 9b)

Cool dude with a penchant for the surf. Manzanilla, Jalisco, Mexico

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Vancleave, MS(Zone 8b)

Long-billed Curlew maybe

Northumberland, United Kingdom(Zone 9a)

Whimbrel

Resin

Beautiful, BC(Zone 9b)

That sure looks like it, Resin. I noticed from your pic in birdfiles - you've seen this one before. :-)

Northumberland, United Kingdom(Zone 9a)

Yep, they occur over here too, except a different subspecies the ones here have a white rump, yours have a brown rump. Sooner or later they'll get split as separate species (it hasn't happened yet, I checked!), and then I'll have Eurasian Whimbrel and you'll have Hudsonian Whimbrel.

Resin

Beautiful, BC(Zone 9b)

Would it be separate species or subspecies?

Northumberland, United Kingdom(Zone 9a)

Separate subspecies at the moment, but evidence which suggests they may be better treated as separate species is being evaluated. When the split will be made officially I don't know.

Resin

Vancleave, MS(Zone 8b)

ok I see the difference now. Long bill is just that. much longer bill. I have never seen a Whimbrel
edited to say can you put pics side by side for comparison Resin??

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