Friday, June 11, 2010

Memorial Day weekend at Malheur: Part 8

Willet Willet near Hines, Oregon on 28 May, 2010 by Greg Gillson.

 

[Click to read all Memorial Day weekend at Malheur posts.]

One of the sounds of dawn and dusk over the wetlands of the Malheur region is the "pill-will-willet!" call of the Willet. Rather plain on the ground, this large shorebird has striking bold black and white wing stripes. When they land on the ground they keep their wings held up for 2-3 seconds. Unfortunately, they were never in the right place for me to get a photo of this.

Next year...

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