lesser yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes)
CONFIRMATION STATUS: Confirmed.
Length: 8.75 inches
Medium-sized long-legged shorebird
Fairly long, thin, straight bill
Dark bill rarely has a slightly paler base
Bill length roughly equal to head length
Bright yellow legs
White tail crossed with thin black bars
Juvenile similar to basic-plumaged adult
Head, neck, and chest are finely streaked with black on a pale ground
Whitish supercilium and eyering, dusky lores
Flanks are barred finely with dusky
Back and upperwings dark brown, dappled with black and white
White notches on wing feathers appear as white spots on back
Head and neck pale, streaked sparsely with brown
Breast, and to a lesser extent, flanks, streaked and spotted with gray-brown
Dark brown back with pale flecks and feather edges
Buff notches on wing feathers appear as white spots on back
Solitary sandpiper is smaller, shorter-billed and has a bolder eye ring,
a dark rump, and green legs. The greater yellowlegs is very similar
but is larger, with a slightly upturned and proportionately longer bill.
In alternate plumage the lesser is more finely streaked about the head,
neck, and flanks. The safest way to distinguish the two is the call: a
harsh series of three or more notes in greater yellowlegs versus a
softer, mellower single or double note of the lesser yellowlegs.
Migration Status: N/A
Breeding Habitat: N/A
Nest Location: N/A
Nest Type: N/A
Clutch Size: 4
Length of Incubation: 22-23? days
Days to Fledge: 18-20(?)
Number of Broods: 1?
Diet: Primarily insects aquatic invertebrates, fish
SKY MEADOWS DISTRIBUTION/SEASONAL OCCURRENCE
Relative abundance and seasonal occurrence are indicated in red below.
C - Common: Likely to be present in good numbers in appropriate habitat and season.
U - Uncommon: May be present in appropriate habitat and season, often in low
O - Occassional: Found in appropriate habitat perhaps only a few times per season,
sometimes low numbers.
R - Rare: May not be recorded every year.
Acc - Accidental: Recorded once or twice, may not be expected again for a long time.
Sp - Spring: March, April, May R
Su - Summer: June, July, August
Fall: September, October, November Acc
Winter: December, January, February
Crooked Run Valley