The first whimbrels were seen today passing the eastern headlands in small groups of a dozen or so. They were very noisy. Watch for their long, downward curved bill. The bill shape will distinguish them from Dowitchers, another shorebird that is passing through at this time - their bills have a slight upward curve. You should be able to see them for the rest of the week. Check out the earlier post "THE WHIMBRELS ARE COMING!"