The Willet is an American shore-bird breeding in
Canada through to the Caribbean and (for northern birds) wintering
in South America.
The Willet was previously in its own
genus but has been moved to the "Tringa" genus
which includes Redshanks, Greenshanks and Yellowlegs. Its
legs are grey.
The winter plumage looks similar to that
of some other waders. Dowitchers were on the same beach but
they have greener/yellower legs, a longer bill and a
different placement of the nostril (higher, smaller) than
the Willet. The Willet's breeding plumage is more marked
with darker brown bars on the back and underside.
Showing white wingbar in flight and with
Marbled Godwit. Photos all taken by Alexandra Makhnina in