The Washington Gap Analysis Project created breeding bird maps only. The non-breeding birds (e.g., wintering, pelagic (coastal), and birds expanding their ranges) are represented only by NatureMapping sightings.
NatureMapping observations reported by townships throughout the year.
The Whimbrel of the North American race winters along the outer edges of the US continent. Breeding populations are found in subarctic and alpine areas of Alaska, as well as along the south edge of Lake Huron. They nest in loose aggregations in open habitat from wet lowlands to dry uplands. Migration is coastal and oceanic. The American subspecies hudsonicus is a fairly common migrant, as well as a rare local resident in various wet habitats west of the Cascade Mountains. In eastern Washington, it is a casual migrant (mostly in the fall). There have been two May sightings of the white-rumped Siberian subspecies variegatus, both from Ocean Shores.Text edited by Gussie Litwer