Wilson’s Snipe

Wilson's Snipe

Wilson’s Snipe are short, stocky shorebirds that use their long, thick bills to probe for earthworms and other invertebrates in the mud. With the two feet of snow dumped on our area this week, the Wilson’s Snipe congregated in two small spring-fed open places in the field near my house as well as the ditch along the […]

Killdeer

Killdeer

Killdeer are shorebirds that have the ability to melt into the landscape when feeding in a mowed field, but when disturbed they show their colors! They have a bright rufous rump and tail, with white racing stripes along the open wing and the corners of the tail. They scream their own name when upset, “Killdeer, […]

Spotted Sandpiper

Spotted Sandpiper

  The Spotted Sandpiper is the most abundant sandpiper in North America, found wherever there is fresh water, and sometimes also near the sea.  It is sparrow-sized (7-8 inches) with a wingspan of about 15 inches, and sports a spotted belly in breeding season, an orange bill and flesh colored legs.  It teeters constantly as […]

Long-legged Shorebirds

Greater Yellowlegs

August means shorebird migration, and two weeks ago I found a few shorebirds at Montour Preserve.  Birds with long yellow legs are called Yellowlegs, but it takes some practice to differentiate between the Lesser and the Greater.  If they are side by side, as in the above picture, it’s no problem.  The Greater looks to […]