An Imperial Beach Hidden Gem and Bird of the Week, the Whimbrel
Sep 13, 2018 07:48AM ● Published by Paul Spear
Gallery: the Whimbrel [10 Images] Click any image to expand.
This week’s Bird of the Week is the whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus), a fairly large wader though mid-sized as a member of the curlew genus. The whimbrel is 15–19 inches in length, 30–35 inches in wingspan, and 9.5–17.4 oz in weight. I have seen many of these birds recently in
our own Tijuana Estuary. Numbers were seriously depleted by market hunters in late 19th century, but have recovered somewhat since. The whimbrel is the most widespread of the curlews, nesting in the Arctic across North America and Eurasia, wintering on the coasts of six
Downy young leave their nest soon after hatching. Both parents tend young, but young feed themselves. Adults actively attack predators flying over nesting area, and will fly straight at human intruders, swerving aside at last moment. Age of young at first flight is about 5-6 weeks. Check out this bird and the many other species that inhabit our wonderful Tijuana Estuary.
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