Photo Credit: Karen Lebing
Caption: The Short-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus griseus) eats snails shrimp, worms, crab eggs, beetles, spiders and even roots and seeds, depending on the season and their location. They jackhammer their beak into mud, sand and dirt to find their food. One would hardly call their beak short. But compared to the Long-billed Dowitcher, the Short-billed's beak is a little shorter. Pictured birds were recently seen on Pea Island Refuge.
Until January 2nd, see the beautiful Wildlife Art Expo showing in the National Wildlife Refuges Visitor Center auditorium on Roanoke Island. Four artists have work hanging that includes pieces in oil, acrylic, pastel, colored pencil & ceramic. Artwork purchases supports local national wildlife refuges, the artists and they make great gifts.
USE YOUR MANNERS and BASIC COMMON SENSE! For the safety of yourself and your family, as well as the wildlife you are viewing, ALWAYS VIEW FROM A SAFE DISTANCE! If you see a change in the behavior of the wildlife (they move away, etc), you are TOO CLOSE! And. remember: all traffic laws apply on Refuge roads. Seat belts, car seats for children, etc. - whatever is required by the State on a public highway is required on the Refuge! Learn more about tips for safety during bear encounters at http://bearwise.org/bear-safety-tips/bear-encounter/