In a message dated 4/29/1998 12:45:34 AM Central Daylight Time,
<< I have seen this behaviour in South Island Pied Oystercatchers on short
grass in an urban park in Dunedin, SI. >>
We have many shorebirds which do the "hot-foot-dance" in shallow waters or
mud, but other birds, such as the "Dark-eyed Junco", use a similar technique.
The Junco, on both feet at the same time, jump forward, then backward, several
times in succession, stopping on the last backward jump, and then look down to
see what food they have stirred up. They even do this in the snow! Aren't
* Mike Houle * * La Crosse WI * USA *
It's a great time to be alive enjoying fire, fossils, fungi, flora, ferns,
forests, frogs, fins, fish, feathers, fowl, flight, fauna, fur, freedom,
frontiers, Frey, feasts, fun, frivolity, fermentation, froth, frolicking,
friends, faith & family!
Birding and living on Hiawatha Island in the Black River, located just one
mile upstream from the Mississippi River Marker 698 (Riverside Park, La
Crosse) where the legendary three rivers meet and the birds of spring gather
to enjoy the bounty of the Coulee Region.