The American Avocet is a bird I really enjoy. Maybe it is because it returns to the area at the front end of migration and is a sign of things to come. Or perhaps it is the great coloring, not that this picture captures it, but blue legs, a white and black body, and that burnt orange head are a great combination. More than likely it is because this shorebird is absolutely distinctive. Unlike the endless comparisons between sandpipers, plovers or determining if a yellowlegs is greater or lesser these birds are a slam dunk. I spotted this one from the road and looped back through a parking lot to get a good look. Unfortunately the whites were a bit washed out, but I hope to have many more opportunities to work on this subject.
Rare Bird Alert: December 6, 2013
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