Forum > Identifying Birds > Identify Mottled Bird With Thin Slightly Down Curved Bill, Flies Fast

Webmaster Posted 28-Nov-2017 07:38
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On behalf of Peter who sent in an email:-

Fast flyer. Mottled underneath. Thin slightly down curved bill. 

Seen Thursday 23rd Nov 2017 at Holme in Norfolk.5 second glimpse and poor photos (see attached). 

Any ideas?

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Karmann65 Posted 12-Dec-2017 15:44
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I'm going to hazard a guess here at a Sandpiper but can't be sure. Having a thin, downturned bill suggests a shore bird and the colours would match.

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Pentlandsl Posted 18-Jan-2018 21:11
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From the size of the bird and the fact it had a slightly downturned beak I would also add in the possibility of a curlew or a whimbrel migrating through. Difficult to tell from the photos but the beak length (though not a cast iron identifier) and the fact the beak was slightly downturned rather than a uniform curve would edge it more towards a whimbrel.


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