|This photo shows a hint of the pale center head stripe|
I sent the photos to a couple people and told them what I had seen. The experts weren't sure about the ID from the photos, so a group of them went out and took a look at it for themselves. I wish I had been there to get a photo of all of them trying to figure out how to look through their scopes while sitting on the roof of their car and bracing themselves with the door open and one foot on the edge of the door-frame. They all agreed it was indeed a Whimbrel! They saw the pale median crown stripe and plain underwing, and even heard it give its alarm call. State bird dance time...
This is a very rare bird for Southeast Arizona with most records occurring in the spring. It's extremely rare in Pima County- the only other known record is a flyby sighting from eight years ago in Green Valley.
Now off to find the much-more-common-but-still-rare-in-the-county Long-billed Curlew!
***UPDATE- Tuesday evening a Long-billed Curlew was spotted along side of the Whimbrel. I wonder if the original observer really did see the Long-billed Curlew and the Whimbrel just took it's place for a day while it was hanging out nearby?