Rare Sighting Of Black-Necked Stilt At Ashley Pond

A Black-Necked Stilt made a rare appearance Wednesday at Ashley Pond in downtown Los Alamos. Common in summers along the southern Rio Grande, this Black-Necked Stilt is a rare migrant for Los Alamos County. Standing 15 inches tall on thin red legs, these beautiful black-and-white birds frequent shorelines foraging in mud and sand. Jonathan Dowell snapped this picture at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Ashley Pond. Follow his photos on Instagram @SnowyEgretPhotography, and learn more about nature at the PEEC Los Alamos Nature Center. Photo by Jonathan Dowell