Tuesday, August 27, 2013

More Shorebirds

I had a really great experience the other night after work. Harvey found a Wilson's Phalarope at Higbee dike dredge spoils and told me about it. He said that he had never been that close to one before. He was right. Patty and I went to the dike to photograph the bird and got really close - even with Roxy at our side.  Here are some photos of this amazing bird. It's a shorebird that also swims! Highly unusual.

Wilson's Phalarope

Wilson's Phalarope - raising a ruckus!
 The Wilson's Phalarope is on the left. Check out those beefy legs. They need them to swim in open ocean. The bird on the right is a Lesser Yellowlegs.
Wilson's Phalarope, Lesser Yellowlegs, peep
Check out how close we got to the bird. That's Patty in the foreground and the phalarope in the water.

Patty and the phalarope
I hope for more migration this weekend.  Happy Labor Day!
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