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Black-Necked Stilts

Black-Necked Stilts arrive in Utah during spring migration and leave during the fall.  If any stay, I haven’t been able to find them.  I’ll always remember how excited I was the first time I took out the 150-300mm lens that Jon bought me.  The first bird that I really observed with the lens was the Black-Necked Stilt.  I’m so grateful that I get to see them all summer long.

They’re such tattletales, though.  Stilts hang out with all types of birds and they’re always the first ones to warn the group of my approach.

Fortunately, everyone else is totally unimpressed.  That is, unless I’m trying to get closer than 20 feet away.  It doesn’t even matter if the stilts are in dense marshes; they still don’t want me near.  This picture below is from my trip to California a few weeks ago.  I wouldn’t want you to think that Utah looks like this because nothing in Utah so far has resembled this marshland with all the different colors.

When the stilts are in the water, you don’t get a sense for incredible length of their legs.  But when they’re flying…

their legs really hang out behind them.

Okay, one last picture and then I’m done.

By the way, if you want to see some absolutely adorable pictures of baby stilts, go here.

3 Responses to “Black-Necked Stilts”

  1. Brittney says:

    I love stilts! I took care of two of them this summer at the zoo, Dasiy and Duke. You are right they are tattletales. They were always doing warning calls when I was working in the aviary.

    Oh and the link to the pictures of baby stilts made my morning. They are soooooooooo cute!

  2. Elizabeth says:

    Oh, you’re so lucky! That must have been great. My dream is to become a bird rehabilitator when I retire. I want a setup like Julie Zickefoose where I live on 60 acres and tend all the baby birds.

  3. Brittney says:

    I think we both have the same dream. I have a huge list of things I want to do with my DVM and one is wildlife rehab and the other is to work with a parrot rescue group.

    Keep dreaming and it will come true! :)