Bird #335 — Black-necked Stilt

himantopus (crook-shanked) mexicanus (of Mexico)

Saturday, July 21, 1990 — 3:50 pm

Savannah National Wildlife Refuge, South Carolina — Laurel Hill Wildlife Drive

I spotted the Black-necked Stilts foraging on vegetation-covered mud flats between 20 and 40 feet in front of the large flock of waders.  Occasionally, one of the stilts flew a short distance, with its long legs dangling awkwardly behind.  They were walking around, picking at the surface of the mud.  One stilt stood on one leg and picked at its feathers.

It was great to be looking at such a mixed bag of birds, many of them lifers.  But I didn’t stay too long because I expected the road to curve around and pass closer to the pool.  I also still had hopes there would be other flocks to see.

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