Black-necked Stilts are aptly named (Audubon), with their improbably tall, stilt-like legs. In fact, they “have the second-longest legs in proportion to their bodies of any bird, exceeded only by flamingos.” (All About Birds). They forage for insects, small fish and aquatic invertebrates in shallow water, but – curiously – Black-necked Stilts rarely swim (All About Birds)! Pairs work together to build their nests in low marshy clumps, and they are fiercely territorial during breeding season.
The ones pictured here are nesting now on blotchy, buff-colored eggs, so we look forward to watching their chicks very soon. I’m always happy to see them here again in the spring!