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Willet

Tringa semipalmata

Description:

Adults have gray legs and a long, straight, dark and stout bill. The body is dark gray above and light underneath. The tail is white with a dark band at the end. The distinctive black and white pattern of the wings is a common sight along many North American coastal beaches.

Habitat:

Marsh and beaches. This one was photographed along the beach at Huntington Beach State Park near Murrells Inlet, SC.

Notes:

The Willet (Tringa semipalmata), formerly in the monotypic genus Catoptrophorus as Catoptrophorus semipalmatus, is a large shorebird in the sandpiper family. It is a good-sized and stout scolopacid, the largest of the shanks.

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KenCheeks
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KenCheeks

South Carolina, USA

Spotted on Nov 19, 2012
Submitted on Jan 27, 2013

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