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Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus

The Whimbrel is one of the most wide-ranging shorebirds in the world.  It breeds in the Arctic in both the eastern and western hemispheres and migrates to South America, south Asia, and Australia during the winter months.  They migrate along the coasts.

In Florida, the Whimbrel occurs primarily along the coast on sandy beaches, mud flats, estuaries, and salt marshes.  South-bound migrants usually appear in August-September and north-bound migrants from April-May.