Birds often do the unexpected, thereby surprising observers who have a general familiarity with their habits. Although the Willet (Tringa semipalmata) is a shorebird and so might not be expected to perch on trees, bushes, and fences, often do just that. When landing, it holds its dramatically marked wings above its head, as if poised for flight.
Willets are noisy birds. They often repeat their name—pill-o-will-o-willet—but they also have a variety of sharper notes. Its bill is long and sturdy. The plumage is mottled gray with black and white wing pattern visible in flight.
Length: 14 – 17 inches
Habitat: Wetlands, moist praries; salt marshes, beaches (winter)