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Mar 25, 2017 05:59 |  #1

Several folks were saying Willets, but this large group of shore birds in a nearby wetland look more to me to be Lesser Yellowlegs. The bathing pix shows the wings a bit with none of the white flashes that are the Willet "signature" in flite.
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Mar 25, 2017 07:32 |  #2

I think a telling factor here too Rog is the colour of the legs, which is yellow. Willets have bluish grey legs. Now whether these are Lesser or Greater Yellowlegs, I can't tell, although the Greater's bill is supposed to be upturned and sharp-pointed, so I'd think your Lesser is correct. I hate IDing shorebirds!!!


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Mar 25, 2017 08:05 |  #3

Nice shots. Best I can tell from the scale of the first shot it appears to be a Lesser Yellowlegs. The last shot is a Greater Yellowlegs and the second is likely a Greater as well. If the two varieties were closer to each other the difference is much more obvious. The Greater has a slight downward curve to its bill, and a slightly larger/longer bill in proportion to its head compared to the Lesser.


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Mar 25, 2017 08:52 |  #4

Wallace River wrote in post #18310384 (external link)
I think a telling factor here too Rog is the colour of the legs, which is yellow. Willets have bluish grey legs. Now whether these are Lesser or Greater Yellowlegs, I can't tell, although the Greater's bill is supposed to be upturned and sharp-pointed, so I'd think your Lesser is correct. I hate IDing shorebirds!!!


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Nice shots. Best I can tell from the scale of the first shot it appears to be a Lesser Yellowlegs. The last shot is a Greater Yellowlegs and the second is likely a Greater as well. If the two varieties were closer to each other the difference is much more obvious. The Greater has a slight downward curve to its bill, and a slightly larger/longer bill in proportion to its head compared to the Lesser.

Alright, thank you, guys. The first and last shots were in a large group that were mainly feeding and hard to isolate. 2nd shot was on the far side and that bird was mostly alone. But definitely see a bit of bill difference in 1 and 3. Anyway, I was closer than those Willett folks! :-)
Steve, take look at the old "Herd" post-isolated "waldo". Thanks.


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Mar 25, 2017 10:27 |  #5

A Greater Yellowlegs has a bill that curves (slightly) upward, not downward. Also, a Greater Yellowlegs will tend to show a two-toned bill, with the base being lighter.

I am pretty certain that your third image is of a Stilt Sandpiper. Your first is definitely a Lesser Yellowlegs. The second is probably a Yellowlegs, but the angle makes it impossible to be certain which one. The base of the bill looks a little lighter, which would point toward a Greater.




  
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Mar 25, 2017 11:37 |  #6

Markmcc wrote in post #18310485 (external link)
A Greater Yellowlegs has a bill that curves (slightly) upward, not downward. Also, a Greater Yellowlegs will tend to show a two-toned bill, with the base being lighter.

I am pretty certain that your third image is of a Stilt Sandpiper. Your first is definitely a Lesser Yellowlegs. The second is probably a Yellowlegs, but the angle makes it impossible to be certain which one. The base of the bill looks a little lighter, which would point toward a Greater.


Thanks for the correction, yes slightly upward curve. Never post before first cup of coffee.


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