The Burrowing Owl area in the northeast corner of the park has no Burrowing Owls this summer, but on a recent afternoon it did have this visiting Willet. Willets are a common enough bird, according to the big birding websites, but this is the first one I’ve seen in the park. Willets, according to the Audubon field guide, have an unusual parenting arrangement.
“Downy young leave nest within a day after hatching, are led by parents to marshy pond areas. Young find all their own food. Female parent departs after 2-3 weeks, leaving male to care for young. Age of young at first flight not well known, probably about 4 weeks.”
Read more at http://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/willet