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whim·brel

 (wĭm′brəl, hwĭm′-)
n.
A grayish-brown migratory shorebird (Numenius phaeopus) that breeds primarily in subarctic regions and has a long, downward-curving bill.

[Perhaps alteration of whimper (from its cry).]

whimbrel

(ˈwɪmbrəl)
n
(Animals) a small European curlew, Numenius phaeopus, with a striped head
[C16: from dialect whimp or from whimper, alluding to its cry]

whim•brel

(ˈʰwɪm brəl, ˈwɪm-)

n.
a curlew, Numenius phaeopus, of both the New and Old Worlds.
[1520–30; orig. uncertain]
Translations
pikkukuovi
kis póling
spói

whimbrel

[ˈwɪmbrəl] Nzarapito m
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Despite the low tide, many seabirds and waders were in residence, including terns, curlews, whimbrels, plovers, cormorans, herons and flamingoes.
Whimbrels are smaller than Curlews, with a shorter and slightly more curved bill, dark stripes on its head and ginger "armpits" when flying.
More usual summer migrants include the first reed warblers of the year at RSPB Conwy, and good numbers of whimbrels around the coast.
The only sounds would have been the cries of the many birds - teal, greenshanks, whimbrels and widgeon - that lived on the river.
Whimbrels have left their breeding grounds in the Shetland Isles, Outer Hebrides and Iceland.
Some 200 bird species, including oystercathers, plovers, sandpipers, whimbrels and dowitchers, prefer beaches, mud flats, swamps, marshes or back bays along the North American coastline to inland areas.
Passage shorebirds have started to move, with Whimbrels on Anglesey and Common Sandpipers at RSPB Conwy.
Staff on Bardsey managed to conjure up a couple of whimbrels among the curlews - they should be in west Africa (and with more storms heading our way, the staff probably wish the same).
Birding this week continues to focus on Autumn migration, with southbound Whimbrels and Green Sandpiper at RSPB Conwy and a Garganey at Malltraeth Cob.
Knots and whimbrels join the growing throng on the Conwy estuary, where the count of little egrets is an impressive 61 birds and a spoonbill was seen again at the weekend.
Aside from Whimbrels, migrating waders have been scarce, but 20 Bar-tailed Godwits were a nice find at Beddmanarch Bay.
Onshore, there was plenty for wader watchers to enjoy: several knots and whimbrels each for the Clwyd estuary and RSPB Conwy, with sanderling, green sandpiper, goosander and greenshanks at the latter, and a honeybuzzard reported there.