Posts Tagged ‘Lesser Yellowlegs

03
Nov
22

A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush

When we were down on the Hayle Estuary last month it felt like I should have given my bins a tap. I was seeing double. Not one Lesser Yellowlegs but two. They were within one another’s pockets. Tied together, perhaps by common parentage, this pair of transatlantic travellers never parted company by more than a few metres.

12
Nov
20

A Yank in Norfolk

Some Americans couldn’t wait to get away from all the kerfuffle surrounding the presidential election.

This Lesser Yellowlegs occupied some small pools by a public footpath at Cley Reserves for a few days in October/November. It had zero fear of humans. Probably never having seen people before it was not at all phased by the presence of a steady stream of admirers. As a consequence it showed extremely well indeed; probably better than I have seen this species anywhere outside America itself.

I would guess the bird came across the Atlantic on a fast moving weather system; maybe making landfall further North and resuming it’s journey south on the ‘wrong side’ on the world it ended up here in Norfolk. Sporting it’s long distinctively coloured legs the bird looked magnificent in the bright sunshine.




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