American Avocets at Cutler Wetland

Shortly before my season-ending injury I was able to enjoy some American Avocets at Cutler Wetland not far from my home in Cutler Bay, FL. These unique waders were a first for me.  Their long bills have a slight upward bend and they give out an enthusiastic “kleek, kleek, kleek, kleek” as they forage in the marshy shallows for bugs and slugs.  The photographs below show non-breeding American Avocets with gray, black and white plumage.  In the summer during breeding season their heads are a beautiful cinnamon color.

American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana)

American Avocets trying to get some sleep.

American Avocets Male and Female – The male (with the longer bill) is on the right.

American Avocet skimming the surface of the marshy wetland.

4 thoughts on “American Avocets at Cutler Wetland

  1. Slightly different climate up here, but this morning in Coney Island Creek in Brooklyn, USA, I watched a lone Avocet, quite uncommon here, feeding. A life bird for this mostly Northeasterner.

  2. These were life birds for me too, but I've only been doing this for a year.

  3. American Avocets are graceful, beautiful birds. My husband and I have seen spring avocets, with their glorious cinnamon coloring, at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge in Brigham City, Utah.Rita

  4. Sounds awesome, Rita!

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