Avocets Plus One

American Avocets (Recurvirostra americana)

I know I just posted a trio of American Avocets a few days ago, but after a short absence they came back plus one, making a foursome. I suspect, without being very sure, that the fourth bird — that would be the second from the left in the photo below — is a female, while the others are males. (The main difference is the length and curvature of the bill.) Avocets are so rare here and their foraging method (“scything”) is so unusual and so energetic that they deserve more attention.

The background tweeting on the video sound track comes courtesy of a California Towhee perched on a Coyote Bush just across the fence in the former Berkeley Meadow (now the Sylvia McLaughlin Eastshore State Park). It occurred to me that these avocets might have found a congenial nesting habitat somewhere in that restored and protected area. I have no evidence that this is true. I would have to wait around until these birds got tired of foraging and flew to their evening roosts. But I felt the urge to do some foraging myself and head to my own roost before the birds tired. And so their secret remains safe. It’s good to see them here.

American Avocets (Recurvirostra americana)

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