The American Avocet is a long-legged shorebird. It is characterized by a long, thin bill that curves upward. In the female Avocet, the bill curves up a little bit more. This shorebird has a distinctive black and white striped pattern on its back and sides. During the breeding season, the head and neck are a pinkish-tan and during the winter they are a grayish-white color. The Avocet also has bluish-gray legs and feet; thus its nickname, "blue shanks." Length 16.9–18.5 in (43–47 cm ) Wingspan 28.3 in (72 cm) Weight 9.7–12.3 oz (275–350 g)
American Avocets are commonly found on mudflats, in fresh water and saltwater marshes and on coastal bays.
Petersen's Bird Book, and other sources say it is very very rare to see American Avocet east of the Mississippi River. On May first when I found out these birds had been spotted in Milwaukee, I had to go see if I could spot them myself. Until I saw them, and made my captures, I had never seen an American Avocet in the wild. ( At least not to my knowledge).
Lat: 43.05, Long: -87.88
Spotted on May 1, 2012
Submitted on Jun 17, 2012
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