Sunday, November 7, 2010

Lesser Yellowlegs

A Lesser Yellowlegs wading around one of the many miles of shoreline in the Horicon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge, Horicon, Wisconsin; 10/16/10.
There were two more birds that I added to my Life List as we hiked in the Horicon National Wildlife Refuge a couple of weeks ago: The Lesser Yellowlegs (Above and Below) and the Green-winged Teal of which I didn't get very good photographs.
The Yellowlegs is another bird that is in the middle of its southward migration. In the summer it resides in the northern half of Canada and throughout most of Alaska, but seems to stay south of the Arctic Circle. In the winter it will fly all the way to the South Atlantic Coast along the Carolinas, Georgia, Florida and along the entite Gulf Coast and also in the West in the Baja Peninsula and south into Mexico. They grow to be about 10.5" tall and prefer to wade in shallower and more grassy sites. There is also A Greater Yellowlegs which is about 3" taller and has a much longer bill.

A Lesser Yellowlegs, Horicon Marsh NWR, Horicon, Wisconsin; 10/16/10.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Isn't it amazing the distances these birds travel?? Another beautiful image and I love those reflections!