Long Billed Curlews were like mythical creatures to me when I was living in Massachusetts.
Oh, how I longed to see one.
Luckily I've been able to see Wonderful Whimbrels, as Curlews have eluded me.
I saw about six or seven of these near Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Princeton, OR.
Curlews are even bigger than Whimbrels, and have longer bills.
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Here are some other neat shorebirds for your enjoyment:
American Avocet. Blue Legs!
Least Sandpiper. Tiny. Green Legs.
Western Sandpiper. Tiny. Black Legs.
Black Neck Stilt. Awesome.
Solitary Sandpiper. Understated. Very pretty.
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Stilt, Avocet and Curlew are the three shorebirds I was dying to see in Oregon.
I guess I can go home now!