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Lesser Yellowlegs

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Lesser Yellowlegs were visiting the pond here on Sunday, October 20, 2013 when I took these pictures.   This is the first time I have seen these birds.  The Yellowlegs have migrated here from way up North in Canada and in the Northern U.S.A.

The Yellowlegs (there also are Greater Yellowlegs) spend the Winter in Central America and sometimes in Florida and other states along the Gulf of Mexico.  They eat small fish, amphibians, aquatic insects and shoreline insects and worms.  These waders like to explore the shallows of ponds, rivers, lakes, marshes, and ocean shorelines.  I was thrilled to see the Yellowlegs here!  By the way, this pond was the same one where I had earlier seen the Juvenile Ibis.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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Comments on: "Lesser Yellowlegs" (11)

  1. The Birding Bunch said:

    That is a neat bird to see. Most of our shorebirds have left already. Do you remember the Lesser Yellowlegs we had walking on our road in the snow?

    • Hi Birding Bunch, So, perhaps these same birds were up your way. You never can tell! Only kidding a little. I was excited to see the Yellowlegs this morning a few minutes ago as I drove past that pond (water line has shrunk even more overnight). Have a wonderful day and thanks for your ever-appreciated comments!

  2. i get to see the occasional greater yellowlegs here at our tx pond. their legs just SCREAM out for attention. 🙂

  3. These are not common in the UK and my Collins Bird Guide of birds in Britain and Europe says about 5-10 may come in a year.

    Good photo though.

    • Hi Jane, I am glad you do at least once in awhile, do have these birds visit. Have a wonderful day tomorrow and thanks for your comment.

      • Never seen one yet but a Long-billed Dowicher arrived in Motherwell in Lanarkshire 2 years ago when it lost its bearings flying south from the USA to South America.

        Caused much interest here.

  4. Thank you for your premature answer, I had been going to ask if there are Greater ones! They really have bright and deep colored legs, like the most brilliant yellow autumn leaf! This pond is a goldmine!

    • Hi Ginny, Yes, the pond is a nice addition to our community – it is drying up daily though. I had hoped that the rain a couple of days ago would help, but that did not happen. I think unless we get a lot of rain soon, the ponds here will be dry. We do have 2 rivers about 15 miles away and also several large lakes about that same distance. Have a wonderful day and I hope you are feeling better.

  5. Interesting birds! Your photos are excellent!

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