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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes)

It's always a red-letter day for me when I spot and identify a species of bird that is new to me so last week's trip to Witty's Lagoon was made especially memorable by the sighting of a half dozen Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes). The tide was out so the mud flat at the upper end of the lagoon was a perfect hunting ground for these birds who feed on insects and small fish and crustaceans.


Dean Lewis said...

A unique looking bird.
Must feeling like finding gem.
Do you identify them onsite with your bird book on hand, or later?

JoJo said...

He or she has really cool feather markings! I wonder, is there a Greater Yellowlegs?

Benjamin Madison said...

@Dean: When I'm out I usually just concentrate on trying to get the best photo so that I can identify whatever I see later at home. I have 3 or 4 field guides I use.

@JoJo: Yes there is a Greater Yellowlegs - almost identical but larger. I couldn't tell the difference but a poster put up by the nature centre at Witty's identifies this bird as the Lesser Yellowlegs.