These American avocets were wading around in one of the shallow pools at the lighthouse last week. They are such elegantly striking birds that they are hard to miss. They summer and nest in western states and into Canada, and fly to southern coasts for the winter. One interesting fact I read is that when they have finished mating, the pair entwine their necks and run together. One-day-old avocet chicks can swim, walk, and even dive to escape predators.