Greater Yellowlegs at Bishop City Park

Observers: Chris and Rosie Howard
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Date: 02/25/2005
Time: 04:32 PM -0500


It was really feeling like spring today (25 Feb) at the park, especially when a Greater Yellowlegs was seen perched on the edge of the pond. Have you ever seen a Greater Yellowlegs swim? We hadn't until it was flushed and landed among the ducks in the pond. It had to work pretty hard to stay afloat (can't get too much traction without webbed feet). Several times it called TEW-TEW-TEW (3-5 notes), had a bill at least 1.5 head-widths. The slightly upcurved bill was bi-colored, black with pale at the base of the lower mandible. We thought it was molting into breeding plumage; starting to look striped on the head and neck.