[va-bird] Long-billed Curlew report

  • From: Phoebetria@xxxxxxx
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  • Date: Sat, 22 Jul 2006 09:36:09 EDT

From Barry Truitt at The Nature Conservancy, Brownsville, VA: 

Sunday, July 16, 2006, I observed a lone Long-billed Curlew in flight over 
Outlet Bay in Northampton County. The bird flew past and within 25 meters of 
stern of my boat (I was anchored fishing). The long sickle bill and overall 
large size attached my attention first, along with the overall buff color. I 
didn't observe the cinnamon wing lining because of its low attitude (< 10 m). 
The bird landed on the edge of marsh at north Elkins Marsh less than 50 meters 
from my boat. With binocs quickly in hand, the long bill along with the lack of 
eye stripe was pretty obvious. The bird soon moved into the salt marsh and 
out of my view. This is probably the 5th or 6th curlew that I've observed on 
seaside in the past two decades.

Thanks to Barry for sending this and other great seaside observations our 

Ned Brinkley
Cape Charles, VA

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