Some Marsh Birds

Limpkin (Aramus guarauna)
Harns Marsh, Fort Meyers, FL; FEB 2020

Today I am sharing images of birds that hang around marshy areas.

The American Avocet can be found in marshes in the Western United States, the Southeast Coast and Gulf Coast of the US as well as Mexico. It is generally seen in inland portions of the US only during breeding and when migrating to breeding grounds. It nests on the ground. It forages by walking in shallow water, swishing its head back and forth to capture aquatic invertebrates.

The Limpkin is found in Florida, the Yucatan Peninsula, and the Caribbean. They nest on the ground. They forage day and night specializing in eating apple snails. Their bill seems specifically adapted to eat them. I have never heard the call of a Limpkin, but I read that it is otherworldly.

The Common Moorhen, also known as the Common Gallinule, is found along coastal section of the United States as well as Mexico and the Caribbean. They sometimes nest in trees and shrubs but mostly nest on aquatic plants near the water’s edge. They swim when foraging and eat aquatic plants.

The Purple Swamp Hen, also known as the Purple Gallinule, lives in Florida, parts of Mexico, the Yucatan Peninsula, and the Caribbean. They attach their nests to standing or floating vegetation in the marshes. They eat aquatic plants, insects, spiders, small frogs and fish, and eggs and nestlings of other birds.

The Greater Yellowlegs is found across most of North America and the Caribbean. They nest on the ground. They forage by wading and stabbing at aquatic invertebrates.

Information presented is from All About Birds from Cornell Labs. https://www.allaboutbirds.org/news/

Please click on caption to see images at higher resolution.

American Avocet
Wastewater Treatment Plan, Lincoln, CA; FEB 2020
Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus)
Harns Marsh, Fort Meyers, FL; FEB 2020

Purple Swamphen
Harns Marsh, Fort Meyers, FL; FEB 2020
Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca)
Merritt Isaland National Wildlife Refuge, Florida; FEB 2020
Limpkin (Aramus guarauna)
Harns Marsh, Fort Meyers, FL; FEB 2020

Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus)
Merritt Isaland National Wolidlife Refuge, Florida; FEB 2020

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