|A Blck-necked Stilt, Puerto Morelos, Mexico; 12/24/10.|
|A Black-necked Stilt using its long bill to probe the muddy bottom of the marsh to find food; Puerto Morelos, Mexico; 12/24/10.|
Black-necked Stilts are year round residents of Mexico and parts of Central America and the northern fringes of South America. Although during my research about their occurances in the US, I found a wide range of information. According to Sibley's Field Guide to Birds of North America, BNS are fairly common throughout much of southwest US during summers, as well as permanent residents of the Pacific Coasts of California and the Gulf Coast states. Other sources do not list them as being as common in the US as year round residents, but in the summer months, BNS certainly migrate as far north as into western Canada, up the Mississippi River into southern Illinois, as well as he southern Atlantic coast.
|A Black-necked Stilt, Phoenix, AZ; 12/26/09.|
|Black-necked Stilts in their flight pattern, Phoenix, AZ; 12/26/09.|
|A pair of Black-necked Stilts; Puerto Morelos, Mexico; 12/24/10.|