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Willet

Catoptrophorous semipalmatus

Range/Geographical Distribution: From central Canada to California and along the Atlantic and Gulf Coast south.

Habitat: Coastal beaches, freshwater and salt marshes, wet prairies, and lakeshores. 

Similar Species: Sanderling, marbled godwit, ruddy turnstone, and dunlin.

Description:  Large sandpiper with a grey/brown back and grey legs. It has distinct black and white stripes on the wings and a long, heavy, dark bill.

Size: Length: 13-16” Wingspan: 27” Weight: 200-330g

Food: Insects, marine worms, and crustaceans.

Breeding:  Lays four olive colored eggs in a nest lined with plant material or shells in a depression on open ground or within a clump of grass.

Predators: Red foxes, raccoons, and fish crows.

Conservation Status: Listed as least concern by IUCN.

Interesting Facts: The willet gets its name form its call-pill-will-willet.

On the Coast: Willets are migratory birds but live year-round along the coast of Georgia and can often been seen wading along the shore in search of prey.

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