December 2017

Vol. 45, No. 6

At a Glance: October 2017 Revealed

Wayne R. Petersen


Large-eyed, long-legged, slim-necked, straight-billed, and extensively white below is the impression provided by this issue's mystery species. More than anything, however, it is the bird's long pale legs that offer the best clue to its identity. Although herons and egrets have undeniably long legs, there are enough conflicting features in the photograph that few readers are likely to think in that direction. Indeed, the leg length alone of the mystery bird leaves only a shorebird of some sort as a viable alternative.

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