Dowitchers

When I was at the Birding Center Thursday, the Roseate Spoonbills took most of my attention.  A little sideshow, however, was the Dowitchers.  They had been congregating, intermixed with some Spoonbills, on the other side of the reeds and cattails from me. 

Suddenly, they rose up together like a swarm of Texas mosquitos:

How would you like to be the air-traffic controller for that mess?  Then they circled around the water on the far side of the cattails…

…before settling back in amongst the Roseate Spoonbills.  This cloud of birds was really quite a sight.  I’m heading over there again today, so who knows what I’ll see?  Every day is a new adventure.

–Sue

2 thoughts on “Dowitchers”

  1. LOl, now you’ve got me interested in waterfowl!

    I saw an interesting one today, which seemed to have a hook on the end of it’s bill. about 1/3 the size of the Canadian Geese, and larger than a mallard. feathers were a rather drab charcol grey, with a longish neck. not much to distinguish it except the hook at the end of the bill.

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