Mudflats in estuaries, some of the most productive habitats in the world, provide acres of crustaceans and invertebrates - prime snacks for shorebirds.
The Lesser Yellowlegs is a common migrant along Puget Sound, stopping to feed on protected shores, estuaries, and mud flats. It breeds in Canada and Alaska's northern boreal forests. It then migrates south for the winter on to the southern reaches of the hemisphere.
Black Oystercatchers often nest on islands, from rock clusters to large forested land masses. Nests are located on the open beach, sometimes surrounded by plant material. Both parents incubate and feed the young.Killdeer
Killdeer nests are often placed on open areas such as gravel beaches, lawns, and stony stream banks. Killdeer adults will feign a broken wing to distract predators from eggs. If you see a killdeer dragging a wing, watch your step! Killdeer eggs blend in well with the open ground.
Lesser Yellowlegs, USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. Lesser Yellowlegs identification and animated range map.
Black Oystercatcher, USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. Black Oystercatcher identification and animated range map.
Black-bellied Plover, USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. Black-bellied Plover identification and animated range map.
The Shorebird Watcher,
General information on shorebirds.
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