When my girlfriend and I first pulled up, I saw a couple looking out over the water. I pulled off the road and got out of the car and found the bird quickly. It was very far away. Since I had my scope stolen, I really couldn't get a good look at it. I thought dang. I need to just keep waiting. I am glad I did. Here it comes!
The bird landed right by the road. I got in the car and pulled up right next to the bird, using the car as a blind.
What an awesome bird! Gorgeous!
Love everything about this bird, the pattern on the back is cool.
I think this is my favorite shorebird. The bird started calling and flew over the car out of sight to a gravel pit on the other side of the road.
A couple of birders pull up right at the same time. They said they were looking for a bird. I asked them what bird and they said avocet. I told them that it just flew to the other side of the road. I thought, dang, was I lucky! We searched and searched for the bird, but could not relocate it. As I was getting back in my car, I noticed a large shorebird hunched down in the vegetation back at the big mud puddle. It was the avocet. I showed the couple the bird, for which it was very near on the close shore. They were very thankful that I spotted it, cause it was concealed in vegetation. I am glad that I got to show them this awesome bird.
I got to thinking... I have gotten my lifer Wilson's Phalarope at this same spot years ago. There were flocks of shorebirds flying in and out the whole time I was there. This place is only a shallow scrape in the mud that is used as a topsoil operation. It would not be hard to recreate this same type of habitat in a river valley. If only I had the money...