The Eurasian Whimbrel is sometimes mistaken for a Eurasian curlew due to its colour and shape. While they do share some similarities, the Whimbrel is smaller than a Curlew, has a shorter bill, and can be distinguished by the dark stripe that runs across the top of its head. Like the Curlew and other waders, Whimbrels can be found fishing in shallow waters along our city shorelines. They are passage migrants, however, so can only really be spotted during the months of August/September and April/May. Whimbrels generally winter in more southern parts of Europe such as Spain.