Greater Yellowlegs

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It’s been a while since I’ve seen Yellowlegs, so it was exciting to find them at Chesapeake Farms.  A week ago I found five Greater Yellowlegs foraging one of the small pond’s edge.

Two were close together so I worked with them.  One got a little airlift in jumping out of the way of the other, giving me some pretty wing shots.

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Greater Yellowlegs

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Greater Yellowlegs

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Greater Yellowlegs

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Greater Yellowlegs

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I got to return to Chesapeake Farms a few days ago and found the marsh flooded where I had seen and photographed six Eagles perched and flying.  All of the tree stumps and logs were submerged from the heavy rains a few days prior.  It was quiet at the marsh area.

The pond where the Yellowlegs above was also flooded enough to submerge their ‘walking’ space, so no Yellowlegs either.  I kept my eye on the ‘new’ areas of wetlands that now had been created in the fields.

And then I found them, at least 15 Yellowlegs, busily foraging.

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Greater Yellowlegs

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Greater Yellowlegs

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I noticed a smaller shorebird in the mix keeping off to itself and was able to identify it at download.  A wonderful surprise, a Least Sandpiper!

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Least Sandpiper

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50 thoughts on “Greater Yellowlegs

    • Thank you, Hien! I was exciting seeing the larger group myself, I’m not sure I’ve seen this many at one time. Good eye, that tiny sandpiper was almost lost amongst the yellowlegs!

  1. What a great ‘spot’ Donna. No doubt they were there when we drove by and totally missed them. Thanks for sharing,

  2. Yes, it does look like one of them has only one leg in the first few photos. Maybe it was doing some ballet? I love your first few photos. The blue water background complements their colour very well.

    • Thanks, Simon! I just saw Wayne’s comment about the one leg. The bird did have two legs, standing fine on them in prior photos. I think it was startled and jumped, just didn’t take the time to put the other leg down, lol. You’re right, it was ballet! 🙂

    • Thank you, Belinda! I missed my shorebirds while traveling this summer. I don’t think I ever seen and photographed this many before. My wide shots for my records showed 15!

    • Thank you, Ashley! Getting to see this many and being the closest I’ve probably ever been to this bird, it was very exciting. My car worked perfectly as a blind, they didn’t care at all. 🙂

  3. I saw a single Greater Yellowlegs on Cape Cod once a few years ago — what a wonderful treat for you to find so many together! Love those pretty wing shots. Cute little sandpiper. 🙂

    • Thank you, Barbara! It was exciting finding so many yellowlegs! I’m going to return again to see if I see them. And maybe a few other species have joined for the ‘safety in numbers’ rule! 🙂

  4. Love the wing shots… esp the 3rd one. They look so very graceful. (unlike the Pelicans we watched a while back… who seemingly preferred landing nearly on top of one another!) 🤨

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