And now for something completely different…
I need the help of the Lizard Brain Trust.
On my last vacation, on a boat about one day’s travel past the Azores, I found a bird on the deck, unable to fly. So I collected it and handed it over to the ship people who handle (nonhuman) stowaways.
Since then, I’ve been trying to identify it, with no success. (No picture, you can’t take them with your hands full of Bird.) The websites I’ve found are for North American birds (mid-Atlantic bird, not helpful), and some European bird sites, also no luck. My guess is that this one was migrating anyway. Does anyone have suggestions on websites where I might have more luck?
Or does this ring any bells? Small, about the size and body shape of an American robin, maybe a bit smaller, wings a bit longer in proportion to its body, seemed to have a bit more neck. Beak like a sandpiper, but about 3/4 as long (maybe as long as its head), with a small but distinct hump right after the nares. Color almost uniformly earth brown, maybe some darker shading along the tops of the wings. Black eyes. Ordinary birdie feet — not webbed or raptor-clawed.