Then, all of a sudden, I saw a small bird swimming and feeding rather frenetically at the edge of the pond. A quick glimpse at the thin bill, orange neck and white throat told me that a female Red-necked Phalarope in breeding plumage had made a stop on Tybee. Water levels in the pond were as high as I've ever seen them after all the rain.
I returned to the pond with Russ Wigh two hours later but Mrs. Phalarope was nowhere to be found.
Others looked later in the day with no success. What a lucky find!
|Red-necked Phalarope Female|
|Red-necked Phalarope Flies|
|Red-necked Phalarope Feeds|