Okay, I have to brag a little bit. I have been invited to Manhattan, Kansas, to go birding with Dave Rintoul and his ornithology students for one week at the end of March. I am almost beside myself with excitement right now as I look through Dave's many bird images -- which remind me of my own years of springtime birding on the west coast of this country. How I miss those days, and those birds!
This is the second image in this series.
All of your photo series are nice, but this one is especially so. I did some summer research with one of my professors a few years back on the nesting success of black-necked stilts based on whether they nested alone or with colonies of American avocets.
We never were able to explain the colony or two we found of stilts alone. I keep wondering if that's happened in subsequent years or if it was an anomaly...I ought to email my professor.
Oh, and I forgot to mention that Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge was one of the two main places we did (and my professor still does) research at. I'm very familiar with it. Gorgeous area.