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A Lone Black-necked Stilt Visits

DSC_3225 - Version 2Black-necked Stilts are a shorebird that are rather striking looking.  The shorebird has long pink legs, and a white and black body.  It is about the size of a Lesser Yellowlegs.  This was the first Black-necked Stilt I have ever seen.  The Stilt was wading on the far side of the basin, trying to find some tasty insects, tadpoles or frogs to eat.

The Stilt was visiting the larger of the rainfall retention basins here in the development where I live.  This basin is drying up so that may be why the pond is now attractive to shorebirds.  I spotted this bird on Friday, May 8, 2015 early in the evening.  It was there at the pond with the nesting pair of Mottled Ducks, a Boat-tailed Grackle, and a single Killdeer.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of each photo.  Enjoy!

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