Dec 03 2009

Beyond Bounds: American Avocets

Published by at 7:30 am under Beyond Bounds,Water and Shore

American Avocets at Bombay Hook (photo by Kim Steininger)
Now that I've been writing this blog for more than two years (time flies!) I've accumulated a stockpile of photos from friends.  Many of the pictures are stunning but I never get a chance to use them when I write about local birds in season.  So I have a plan.

Today I'm starting a weekly series for this winter that I'm calling Beyond Bounds, a celebration of superior photos of birds that you won't find in southwestern Pennsylvania.  

American avocets lead the list.  The Pittsburgh area is rarely graced by the visit of a single avocet and we never see flocks like this.  Kim Steininger captured these at Bombay Hook, Delaware. 

Aren't their patterns cool?  Yes, beyond bounds.

(photo by Kim Steininger)

5 responses so far

5 Responses to “Beyond Bounds: American Avocets”

  1. Kathy McCharenon 03 Dec 2009 at 8:01 am

    Beautiful! Thanks again for your hard work and a great blog. Kathy

  2. Kathyon 03 Dec 2009 at 8:13 am

    WAY COOL!!!!

  3. Chris Harlanon 03 Dec 2009 at 1:41 pm

    Great Idea and amazing pic! THANKS!

  4. Anne Curtison 04 Dec 2009 at 11:58 pm

    “Avocet?” Sounds French for “Advocate?” If I were near my dictionary, I’d check word origins. Are they called that because they look like lawyers in full British regalia?


  5. Kate St. Johnon 05 Dec 2009 at 6:52 am

    Actually there is a pied avocet in Europe, Recurvirostra avosetta. They were probably first named by the Italians. The French spelled it avocette and pronounced the ‘c’ like an ‘s.’ The original Italian word is listed as “origin unknown” as far as I can find.

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