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Thirded. Both the Whimbrel and the Marbled Godwit are large shorebirds with long bills, long necks, long bodies, and small heads, but note the curved downwards bill and striped head in the Whimbrel and an upturned bicolored bill in the Marbled Godwit.

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7 minutes ago, birdgurl said:


I was looking at my photo after reading your comment. It looks like one bird has a curved down bill and one seems straight. Would a Whimbrel be flying with a Marbled Godwit? or is it an optical illusion?

The top bird in the first photo is a Whimbrel and the bottom bird is a Marbled Godwit. The Godwit has a slightly upturned bill that might appear straight, but definitely not downcurved like the Whimbrel and other curlews. The bill shape is a nice ID feature to tell the two species apart. The conspicuous stripes on the Whimbrel are absent in the Godwit as well.

To answer your question, Marbled Godwits are fairly social outside the breeding season, foraging for aquatic invertebrates with Willets, Whimbrels, and Long-billed Curlews.

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