The Feather Files Name: American Avocet Species: Recurvirostra americana Native to and Migration: South Central Canada; Central and Western United States; Mexico. Migrate from northern and central areas to south or coastal areas. Date Seen: May 2018 Location: Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, Utah Notes: A long-legged wader walks through shallow waters using its slender, upturned bill to catch aquatic invertebrates. Females may lay eggs in nests of other females, or even other birds. Several other species of birds do the same thing to the avocets.