What is there to say about a post that is essentially a gallery of Willets in flight? On the ground Willets are a bland bird but when they take to wing they are striking! The black and white flashing wings can be mesmerizing and that combined with their “pill-willet pill-willet pill-willet” cries make them noticeable and unmistakable even from long range. Willets are one of my favorite shorebirds and it is always a pleasure to come across Tringa semipalmata.

All the shots in this post were taken in a single morning at a couple of locations around Queens, New York. Enjoy!

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Written by Corey
Corey is a New Yorker who lived most of his life in upstate New York but has lived in Queens since 2008. He's only been birding since 2005 but has garnered a respectable life list by birding whenever he wasn't working as a union representative or spending time with his family. He lives in Forest Hills with Daisy and Desmond Shearwater. His bird photographs have appeared on the Today Show, in Birding, Living Bird Magazine, Bird Watcher's Digest, and many other fine publications. He is also the author of the American Birding Association Field Guide to the Birds of New York.