Backyard Birding – Black-necked Stilt

Black-necked Stilt

The pond behind our backyard has changed a bit over the last few weeks.  We haven’t seen any American Coots for a while, and the Ring-necked Ducks have migrated to wherever Ring-necked Ducks go for the summer.  But we have some newcomers – a few Black-necked Stilts.  These lively wading birds prance and peck through the shallows at the pond’s edge looking for beetles and tadpoles.  Their high contrast black and white markings and their bright pink legs, make them a joy to watch for both birders and non-birders alike.