Long-billed Curlew

Numenius americanus

Photo © by Michael Plagens

On a sandy beach near the Colorado River delta, Golfo Santa Clara, Sonora, Mexico. 24 January 2015.

With their very long bills, decurved and partly colored red, these shorebirds are unmistakeable! They pass through Arizona during fall and spring migration stopping at moist meadows and flooded hay fields to probe for arthropods. At the Sea of Cortez they are a familiar site in estuaries where there is plenty of mud to probe.

Fall and Winter Migrant to be seen in Irrigated Fields and Sea Coasts

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