Welcome to November everyone! Granted we are a few days into it, but I’ve finally managed to make it to surface for some badly needed air. Halloween has past (long live the haunt!), sadness has been overwhelmed by cherished memories and, as of last Saturday, my race season has likely come to a close unless a race in the snow happens to catch my fancy. Although we are likely a ways from the ground sticking fluffy stuff, Bri needs some time for rest and healing – the 100K race left its mark. Now the focus turns to getting back to “normal” and the first order of business is feathers.
I know some of you were wondering when we were going to get back to our featured feathered friends .. after all, this is a blog that is supposed to be about all things wild. In my defense, zombie encounters can get a bit wild if you don’t have a long pointy stick to pop them in the head with. Today’s featured shorebird has absolutely no fear of running into the walking dead. They just causally walk up to the animated corpse and “bill” them in the head.
Hit the jump to learn more about our natural born “zombie killer”.
Welcome back to my blog ladies and gentlemen. If you have been having some problems getting to this site over the weekend you can blame GoDaddy. Not sure yet what is going on with them, but their availability has been crap for the last couple of days. I was getting really worried, but found out that my brother Ron was having similar problems with his blog which is also served by GoDaddy. He has been exploring the actual WordPress services and those appear to be working out quite well – his birding blog I mentioned previously is hosted there already. Depending on how things work out, there may be a switch considerations coming in the future. Until now, we’ll just use my current blog – which by the way, I have pretty much worked all the kinks out of already and has been working pretty good up to this point. Enough about the technical details, let’s get to today’s featured bird.
How do you like the snout on that one! For some strange reason I have an affinity for this species hehehe. That there is a Long-Billed Curlew. To be honest, was not entirely sure when I came upon it in the digital dark room. Based on the key characteristics (yeah, the snout), it could have been a Whimbrel. Decided to phone a friend (Ron) and get his opinion. He pointed out that the Whimbrel has a stronger striped head, a dark crown with a white median stripe and generally less buffy look. I have to agree – a Curlew it is!
Hit the jump to see a couple more shots of this Curlew