Monday, July 28, 2014

Black-necked Stilt

Black-necked Stilts are a familiar bird that I have enjoyed for many years during winter trips to California and Arizona, but they are an unusual sight here in Western Oregon.  Unusual enough that an adult and several juveniles being seen at Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge west of Salem have caused a little stir in the local birding community. This Black-necked Stilt with a great reflection from the morning light at the Cottonwood pond this morning was a little puzzling to me because I had never seen a juvenile before.  They are a little more subdued in coloration than the adult, with duller colored legs and body. If you live in the area it’s worth your time to look them up.

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