Saturday, June 25, 2022

Wandering Tattler

I saw a wandering tattler, a bird I'd never heard of before, on Bachas Beach, Santa Cruz Island. They are wading birds that breed in the Russian Far East, Alaska and western Yukon and British Columbia, then disperse widely to the Pacific coasts of California, Mexico, Central America and northern South America, northeastern Australia and New Guinea and many of the Pacific islands.

They are gray-brown above, lighter gray-brown below and when breeding the underparts are heavily barred. They have short yellow legs,  a relatively long straight bill and a white line in front of the bill. 

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