Skip to main content

Bryan Brillhart Photography Presents Dig Imperial Beach "Bird of the Week", the “American avocet”

Apr 03, 2016 07:50PM ● Published by Paul Spear

Gallery: Bryan Brillhart Photography Presents Dig Imperial Beach "Bird of the Week", the “American avocet” [6 Images] Click any image to expand.

Bryan Brillhart of Bryan Brillhart Photography presents us with the “Bird of the Week”. The column will provide a picture of a bird(s) locally photographed and we will have background on the bird. This week’s bird is the ““American avocet (Recurvirostra americana)”.

If you would like to see more of Bryan's Bird Photos you can click on this link:

Bryan Brillhart Photography

American avocet (Recurvirostra americana)

The American avocet is a large wader in the stilt family. I featured his cousin, the black necked stilt, as the "Bird of the Week" a few weeks ago. Both birds can be seen in our own Tijuana Estuary. The avocet has long, thin, gray legs, giving it its colloquial name, "blue shanks". The 

 plumage is black and white on the back with white on the underbelly. The neck and head are cinnamon colored in the summer and gray in the winter. The long, thin bill is upturned at the end. The breeding habitat is marshes, beaches, prairie ponds, and shallow lakes. American avocets form breeding colonies numbering dozens of pairs. When breeding is over the birds gather in large flocks, sometimes including hundreds of birds. Nesting occurs near water, usually on small islands or boggy shorelines where access by predators is difficult. The female lays four 

 eggs in a saucer-shaped nest, and both sexes take turns incubating them. Upon hatching, the chicks feed themselves; they are never fed by their parents. The American avocet forages in shallow water or on mud flats, often sweeping its bill from side to side in water as it seeks crustacean and insect prey.

                                ###

Bryan Brillhart

 

Like what you're reading? Subscribe to Dig Imperial Beach's free newsletter to catch every headline

Nature & Pets
  • Boy Scout Troop 866 Meeting

    11/20/2017
    06:15PM — 08:00PM

    Meeting Every Monday 6:15pm in Fellowship Hall at St James Church For More Info contact: Tim Li...


ARCRADIO's Podcast Covering Local Bands & Music Events

Arc Radio Ep 13 with Pete

In episode 13 Allen and Cory interview Allen's long-time friend and former boss Pete about Deb's Cookies, his work at the San Diego Fair, the Patriots conspiracies for winning so much and Pete's Who concert experiences and memorabilia collection.