Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus)
Species
Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus). Taken at Salinas del Carmen, Fuerteventura, on March 13th 2018.
Taken at Salinas del Carmen, Fuerteventura, on March 13th 2018.
(1/200th sec at f10. Click image for larger version. © David Hastings)

Description

L: 37 - 45 cm; WS: 78 - 88 cm

The Whimbrel is like the Curlew but slightly smaller. It has a shorter bill and a rather dark eye-stripe.

It is a summer visitor to northern Europe, including the northern Scottish islands. It spends the winter on African coasts.

It breeds on taiga bogs, on mountainsides above the tree line, and tundra.

This is a Red list species in the UK owing to the small number (400-500 pairs) of breeding birds.

Sightings

13-Mar-2018 : Fuerteventura, Canary Islands (3)
10-Mar-2018 : Fuerteventura, Canary Islands (1)
30-Apr-2015 : Stoborough Heath NNR, Dorset (1)
08-May-2014 : Newport, Pembrokeshire (10)
04-May-2014 : Teifi Estuary, Ceredigion (3+)