[va-bird] Long-billed Curlew near Hog Island

I don't think it has been widely posted yet, but Barry Truitt, Ruth 
Boettcher, and Alex Wilke saw a Long-billed Curlew at Chimney Pole Marsh just 
west of 
the northern end of Hog Island (the one on the Eastern Shore) on Friday, 14 
November 2003. They saw it on a roost with 235 American Oystercatchers and a 
few 
Marbled Godwits.   This area can be investigated by boat, most readily from 
Willis Wharf, which is perhaps only 15-20 minutes from the marsh (it's a good 
half-day outing by kayak, but the water has gotten chilly lately!).   Birders 
who scan the godwit/willet flocks at Willis Wharf should keep an eye peeled for 
this stately wader; it's quite rare in the state, and it would be great if a 
photograph were taken!

Ned Brinkley 
Cape Charles, VA


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