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Extra resources for Birds of California: A Falcon Field Guide
The white trailing edge of the wings can been seen in flight. The toes are flanked with lobes that enable the coot to walk on water plants and swim efficiently. Juveniles are similar in plumage to adults but paler. Coots are often seen in very large flocks. The adult is illustrated. Sandhill Crane, Grus canadensis Family Gruidae (Cranes) Size: 45” Season: Winter Habitat: Fields, shallow wetlands The Sandhill Crane is tall bird with long, strong legs, a long neck, and a long, straight bill. The long, thick tertial feathers create the distinctive bustle on the rear of all cranes.
The Willet is found singly or in scattered flocks, and picks or probes for crabs, crustaceans, and worms in the mud and sand. Its call is a loud wil-let, often uttered in flight. The winter adult is illustrated. 5” Season: Year-round or winter Habitat: Streamsides, edges of lakes and ponds SANDPIPERS, PHALAROPES The solitary Spotted Sandpiper is known for its exaggerated, constant bobbing motion. It has a compact body, long tail, and short neck and legs. Plumage is brown above and light below, with a white shoulder patch.
Plumage is gray overall but may become spotted with rust-colored stains caused by preening with a bill stained by iron-rich mud. In flocks, it grazes in fields, gleaning grains, insects, and small animals, and returns to protected wetland areas in the evening to roost. The voice of the Sandhill Crane is a throaty, penetrating trumpeting sound. Unlike herons, it flies in groups with its neck extended. The adult is illustrated. indd 28 11/9/11 11:26 AM Black-bellied Plover, Pluvialis squatarola Family Charadriidae (Plovers) Size: 11” Season: Winter along Pacific coast Habitat: Open areas, coastal or inland PLOVERS The Black-bellied Plover is a relatively large plover with long, pointed wings and a whistling flight call.