American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana)
Status in the Checklist Area - (5) Accidental

Uncommon and local in British Columbia where it does breed mainly in the southern interior of the Province. A large, distinct shorebird boldly patterned in black and white with an upturned bill. Breeding adults have rusty coloured heads and neck. Non-breeding adults and juveniles have paler grey heads and necks. Encountered in our checklist area during migration months. Only five documented records to date. Migrates south to Mexico but has overwintered on the coast in the past on a few occasions. Feeds by wading in shallow water and sweeping its bill back and forth through the water to capture mainly aquatic invertebrates.

Similar species:
Quite distinct and eye-catching!

Ehrlich, Dobkin and Wheye, (1988)
Ministry of Environment, British Columbia

Noteworthy Data
April 25, 2018 Harrison Lagoon, Harrison Hot Springs M. McAnally, 2018 Two breeding adults photographed in the lagoon.
August 13, 2010 Harrison Lagoon, Harrison Hot Springs K. R. Jones 2010b Juvenile feeding in lagoon.
September 02, 2009 Mill Lake, Abbotsford J. Pike 2009 Juvenile resting near trail.
May 19, 2001 Willband Creek Park, Abbotsford B. Schmor 2001 Flew into NW pond at dusk.
August 24, 1987 Fraser River, Chilliwack G. Gadsden 1987 Adult feeding in back channel across from Chilliwack Mountain.
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