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American Avocets

We had a large span of time this year where the avocets graced our presence.  I first saw them on April 30th, but they could have come much earlier because I spent the previous weeks away from large water bodies.  This picture nicely illustrates why they’re called the blue-legged bird.

American Avocets breed in Utah in the summer.  We’ve very lucky here in Salt Lake City because the map shows that only a small section surrounding the Great Salt Lake is used as breeding territory.

I didn’t see them breed this year, but I can try to find the babies next year.  You can see that the breeding coloring is already fading in the picture below.

The avocets stayed long enough that I captured pictures of their feathers changing.  This was taken on September 18.

This weekend when I went to Farmington Bay the avocets were gone, so October 30th was the last time that I saw them.  The pictures below were taken at Antelope Island.  I love how there were a couple gull interlopers in the group.

There were possibly 100 avocets all sleeping and preening in the group.

I really love avocets.  They’re one of the birds that makes me sad when fall arrives.  I used to love fall so much and now I associate it with the loss of my friends.  I can’t wait for April again.

 

 

3 Responses to “American Avocets”

  1. Kathy Walters says:

    I love avocets. You got some great pictures! I never knew that they had blue legs!

  2. Tiffany says:

    Jealous you get to see them in breeding plumage!

  3. Elizabeth says:

    Thanks Kathy!

    Tiffany, it’s a nice spectrum of color. I prefer the grey, but I’m sure I would prefer the brown if I didn’t get to see it every year.