These large sandpipers are common along most of our USA shores. Although both parents share in incubating the eggs, it’s only the male that stays on the nest at night – great dads! These sandpipers resemble Killdeers, and they will pretend to have a broken wing, flopping about crazily to draw predators away from the nest.
Here is a paragraph from the Cornell University site, loosely quoted,
“Willets were a popular food in the 1800’s. John James Audubon wrote that the eggs were tasty and the young “grow rapidly, become fat and juicy, and by the time they are able to fly, afford excellent food.” By the early 1900s, Willets had almost vanished north of Virginia. The Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 banned market hunting and marked the start of the Willet’s comeback.”
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