Curlew on the Rocks, it sure sounds like a strange, new mixed drink? If it were a mixed drink it would have Kahlua, some Amaretto, a touch of cream and maybe add a natural Cinnamon stick to swirl all the ingredients around with because all of those match the colors in the plumage of this elegant shorebird.
I believe that this is a hatch year bird because there is still a bit of a downy area on the back of the neck, at this age I wouldn’t try to guess the gender. The bill of an adult female is longer than a male Long-billed Curlew’s would be.
This was a life bird for my mother and I am glad she was able to see it strolling among the rocks on the shoreline of the Great Salt Lake while I photographed the Curlew last week.