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Last week at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge in Delaware I saw for the first time a pair of Black-necked Stilt. They are graceful birds with long legs and striking colors that stand out from a distance. They don’t usually come to the Northeast, staying normally much further South, so it was a real treat.

Black-necked Stilt standing one one leg, sleeping perhaps.

Black-necked Stilt.

Black-necked Stilt.

Black-necked Stilt.

Second only to Flamingos, these birds have the longest legs in proportion to their bodies, as you can see in the following photo when one of them stood next to a Lesser Yellowlegs which has pretty long legs also.

Black-necked Stilt. and Lesser Yellowlegs.