Wilson’s Phalaropes were a common sight at the Prairie Bird Workshop I attended near Fort Pierre, South Dakota. This is a female and, unlike most other bird species, she is more colorful than the male. (More about this in the next photo.) Wilson’s Phalaropes are classified as shorebirds but, as you see in this photo, they can also swim. They often swim rapidly in a tight circle and pick off food items that are brought to the surface by the churning of the water.