Almost a year to the day from when last I saw them, Wilson’s phalaropes (Phalaropus tricolor) are back at White Rock Lake. Passersby in the scheme of things, stopping to wine and dine on the freshly awash floodplain.
In a case of reversed sexual dimorphism when compared to the birds most people see, like cardinals and warblers, female phalaropes sport showy colors while the males have more subdued hues.
Yet neither gender can be called unattractive.
And finding them here as they make their way northward always presents me with a gift. Even if they don’t like photo sessions and always stay too far afoot for better images.