I practically grew up with these birds. As a boy I’d spent my summers on the beaches of Panama City Beach and they were there every day right beside me making their distinct call. Even then when my focus was solely on catching the next wave, I appreciated their seemingly tireless search for food. They would scurry along the shoreline following the incoming wave, I’m assuming they were watching and using the water to kick up the next meal.
But they would also dart back and forth as if they couldn’t stand the idea they had missed something. All the while pumping their beak up and down in the sand. Eveready Batteries should have chosen the as the marketing tool rather the a drum beating rabbit.
Here’s a little fun fact I didn’t know until recently. Three weeks after young willets hatch, the mother abandons them to the care of the dad, who takes care of the young for several weeks until they are able to fend for themselves.