Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Willet

Willets are another common February bird along the Rockport coast. I have previously blogged at length on the species. Willets consume "insects, small crustaceans, mollusks, polychaetes" and small fish (Lowther et al. 2001). These authors also write that the Willet "sometimes swims in California salt ponds and seizes prey near [the] water surface." As you can see in the upper photo, swimming also occurs in the Texas Willet repertoire.

Until they fly and flash their black and white wing pattern, Willets may give birders pause. The Willet in the lower photo, however, displayed this striking field mark without taking wing.

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