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"Wilson's Phalarope"
Wilson's Phalarope:    The Wilson's Phalarope is one of three Phalaropes species, the other two being the Red Phalarope and the Red-necked Phalarope. The phalarope genus name "Phalaropus" means "coot-footed" and was inspired by the phalarope's feet which are adapted for swimming. The Red and Red-necked Phalaropes winter at sea and have semipalmate (partially webbed) feet with lobed toes, while the more terrestrial Wilson's Phalarope has flanged toes.

Ehrlich, Dobkin, and Wheye, in their 1988 publication "The Birder's Handbook", write "Phalarope is an example of a common name borrowed from the scientific Phalaropus, from Phalaris plus pous, which in turn means 'coot-footed' in Greek. The name refers to the birds' lobed toes."


 
May ... Ridgefield NWR, Washington ...

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Wilson's Phalarope, with Northern Shovelers. Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington, River "S" Unit. Image taken May 6, 2013.

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May ... Baskett Slough NWR, Oregon ...

Image, 2014, Baskett Slough NWR, Oregon, click to enlarge
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DIGISCOPED, Wilson's Phalarope, Baskett Slough NWR, Oregon. Sunny warm spring day with breeze. Image taken May 21, 2014. Nikon 55 and Nikon AW110.


May ... Smith Lake, Portland, Oregon ...

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Wilson's Phalarope, female, Smith Lake, Portland, Oregon. Overcast humid gray day. Image taken May 22, 2015. Canon EOS 7d2, 400mm.
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Wilson's Phalarope, female, Smith Lake, Portland, Oregon. Overcast humid gray day. Image taken May 22, 2015. Canon EOS 7d2, 400mm.
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Wilson's Phalarope, female, Smith Lake, Portland, Oregon. Overcast humid gray day. Image taken May 22, 2015. Canon EOS 7d2, 400mm.



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