and the flats Whimbrel

Not quite as cooperative as the Buff-breasted Sandpiper, the Whimbrel enjoyed skulking, always on the opposite end of Avocet Point where we were. This was my PA state bird #277. Whimbrels are common along the coast and the only place to reliably find them on migration in PA is at Presque Isle State Park. The large shorebirds are much less common than peeps and yellowlegs so they are always a treat. The only other of the larger shorebird I’d previously seen at the flats was a Marbled Godwit a couple years ago.