Often referred to as a “marshpiper” for its habit of wading in deeper water than other sandpipers, the Greater Yellowlegs is heftier and longer-billed than its lookalike, the Lesser Yellowlegs. They migrate to the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of the United States, the Caribbean, and south to South America. My first shot of this bird and I am pretty excited. SW Idaho. The specific melanoleuca is from Ancient Greek melas, "black", and leukos, "white".[2]. The most interesting bird was a juvenile Cooper's Hawk that I found near the top of low Willow tree we happened to be standing under. The rump is white. The Greater Yellowlegs is a mottled gray wading bird with long, bright yellow legs. The greater yellowlegs and the greenshank share a coarse, dark, and fairly crisp breast pattern as well as much black on the shoulders and back in breeding plumage. The greater yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca) is a large North American shorebird. share. Local weather is important: in drought conditions, look for them in the shallow upper arms of reservoirs and lakes where nutrient-rich mud is exposed. 2 minutes ago. The young leave the nest within 24 hours of hatching and then leave the vicinity of the nest within two days. breeding . True to their name, they have long bright yellow legs. I’m still a novice however so feel free to correct me. "Territorial dispute," with Lesser Yellowlegs below. Medium-large shorebird with bright yellow legs. The genus name Tringa is the New Latin name given to the green sandpiper by Aldrovandus in 1599 based on Ancient Greek trungas, a thrush-sized, white-rumped, tail-bobbing wading bird mentioned by Aristotle. Greater Yellowlegs have long necks and bills that curve up slightly. Goldfinch. Their breeding habitat is bogs and marshes in the boreal forest region of Canada and Alaska. ... Is this a juvenile bald eagle? with a Leech. First year bird in worn juvenile plumage, March 2012, Hagerman NWR, Grayson Co. Northern Harrier. 732. Along Lake Erie, the largest numbers of juvenile Sanderlings may occur in October. Colloquial names for this species include telltale, tattler, and yelper, all of which refer to its strident alarm calls. Medium-sized shorebird with bright yellow legs. Tringa melanoleuca. The call is harsher, and louder and clearer, than that of the lesser yellowlegs. Proportions are more important for separating two species; bill longer than the head and slightly upturned. willet- 1 (presumably the same juvenile) greater yellowlegs- 45. The body is grey-brown on top and white underneath; the neck and breast are streaked with dark brown. breeding With its flashy yellow legs, sturdy bill, and deliberate gait, it cuts a dashing, often solitary, figure on mudflats from coast to coast. [3] They are also the largest shanks apart from the willet, which is altogether more robustly built. The specific melanoleuca is from Ancient Greek melas, "black", and leukos, "white". The Cornell Lab will send you updates about birds, birding, and opportunities to help bird conservation. Sandpipers and Allies(Order: Charadriiformes, Family:Scolopacidae). Plumage is essentially identical to Greater Yellowlegs; gray upperparts with white speckling, and white belly. Greater yellowlegs juvenile, TX Alan D. Wilson , May 2008 Here is a short clip below of a greater yellowlegs wading in shallow water along the shore, at Egmont Bay in Prince Edward Island: They mainly eat insects and small fish, as well as crustaceans and marine worms. Greater Yellowlegs – juvenile Pilots Point, Westbrook, CT October 20, 2005 ©John Schwarz Greater Yellowlegs Pilots Point, Westbrook CT September 17, 2007 ©John Schwarz This entry was posted in Sandpipers and tagged ABA countable, upturned bill, yellow legs. Juvenile Bald Eagle. Dunwich - Suffolk's 3rd GREATER YELLOWLEGS was found at Dingle Marshes on the shore pools at 08:54hrs and was showing well until 14:05hrs when flew north over Dingle Hill (photo Eddie Marsh). Greater Yellowlegs are seen mostly during migration, as they pass between nesting grounds in the mosquito-ridden bogs of boreal Canada and wintering territories on marshes across the southern tier of the … With better acquaintance, they turn out to have different personalities. Bird Id - Easy Bird Identification - Easy Bird Identifier. Its closest relative, however, is the greenshank, which together with the spotted redshank form a close-knit group. Greater Yellowlegs. Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca - Chevalier criard. July birds are adults; most birds after mid August are juveniles. Wilson's phalarope- 4. Larger overall size than Lesser Yellowlegs with longer neck, blockier head, and bigger chest. Lesser Yellowlegs. Greater Yellowlegs are larger with a longer and thicker bill than Lesser Yellowlegs. save. juvenile, with Lesser Yellowlegs on left. The greater yellowlegs is similar in appearance to the smaller lesser yellowlegs. The Lesser is often at smaller ponds, often present in larger flocks, and often seems rather tame. The Greater Yellowlegs, Tringa melanoleuca, is a large North American shorebird, similar in appearance to the smaller Lesser Yellowlegs. Lesser and Greater Yellowlegs: Wilson's Phalarope and Lesser Yellowlegs: Lesser Yellowlegs, two: Lesser Yellowlegs, two: Lesser Yellowlegs: Lesser Yellowlegs, foraging : Lesser Yellowlegs and male Cinnamon Teal: Lesser Yellowlegs: Lesser Yellowlegs, tongue visible: report. Traveling further down the refuge road, I stopped at various places along the way, observing a large number of shore birds, with the majority of them being to far photograph well. Pacific golden-plover- 1. killdeer- 40. least sandpiper- 55. peep sp.- 15. lesser yellowlegs- 2. Adults have long yellow legs and a long, thin, dark bill which has a slight upward curve and is longer than the head. The incubation period is 23 days. Greater Yellowlegs Photos Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca) Birds | Species Filter by variant: All Variants Adult Adult male Adult female Immature Juvenile Adult in alternate plumage Adult in worn alternate plumage Adult molting Adult in basic plumage First cycle in formative plumage The Greater Yellowlegs is a member of the same "Tringa" family as our similar Greenshank. A few species are seen in numbers through most of the month, including Greater Yellowlegs, Pectoral Sandpiper, Dunlin, and Wilson's Snipe. Juvenile Lesser Yellowlegs have finer streaking on their breasts than do juvenile Greater Yellowlegs. 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