Fits the bill

I can’t get over the strangeness of this wader that doesn’t wade. A shorebird that never finds a shore, the American Woodcock is the master of strange. From its weird upside down brain to its bulging topside eyes, this bird oozes oddness. And one of its odd appendages is its long, flexible bill. In some of the photos of the Lake Betz bird below, you will notice that the open bill appears to be curved. A curved bill wouldn’t shut straight unless it were flexible. This bogsucker’s bill features a flexible tip, which it uses when probing for worms. Does the peenting male flex its bill when it peents? It sure looks like it:

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I love birding! And I live near Fred G. Bond Metro Park in Cary, NC.
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