When I first went down to Frank Lake a couple of weekends ago, the American Avocets were the only shorebirds in the small marsh next to the large blind along the water. When I returned at the end of that weekend, there were a couple of Black-necked Stilts (Himantopus mexicanus) that had joined the good times fishing in the shallows.
The two seemed like a couple as they never strayed to far from one another. The females can be distinguished by brown-tinged upper parts, whereas the males are a solid black. The difference was not easily seen but I think I could identify one male and one female.
These are cool little birds. Striking in appearance and very interesting to watch as they stalk around a marsh. I’m excited to find out whether chicks will be following these two around soon.