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#ABArare – Long-billed Curlew – Alaska

On May 3rd, Martina Kallenberger found a Long-billed Curlew near Juneau, Alaska. The bird was associating with a Whimbrel offering excellent size comparison with the smaller curlew. Pending acceptance, this is a first state record for Alaska.

photo by Martina Kallenberger

photo by Martina Kallenberger

Per the Alaska Rare Bird listserv, this bird was discovered near the section of Eagle Beach called Boy Scout Camp. Eagle Beach South Section is on the south side of the Herbert River about 26 miles north of downtown Juneau off of the Glacier Highway. The location where the bird was seen is off the Eagle River Trail some distance from the parking lot.

Long-billed Curlew is the largest breeding shorebird in North America, with the core of its breeding range in the interior west as far north as central British Columbia. Prior to this photographed record, there were at least two previous reports of Long-billed Curlew for Alaska, both unverified.

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