Date: 5/22/20 5:31 am From: \Shultz, Steven\ (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Subject: RE: Lake Crabtree County Park today--yellowlegs, etc
I was one of the folks in the lesser camp. I wanted the bird to be greater since I lack that on my year list (Covid you know, such a bummer to those wanting to get out!), so I really tried!
I first noted the feeding style, which was dainty and consisted of multiple shallow jabs from a steadily walking bird. Greater tends to act like a Tricolored Heron or Reddish Egret. Somewhat frantic and not altogether sane. More plover-like in that it is run and poke, run and poke. Lessers are the Jaguar-driving country gentlemen to the Midland steelworker that might be driving a Ford Cortina.
But behavior is just that.
Greater shows a subtly bicolored bill, with greyish coloration at the base of the bill. Lesser is all dark from base to tip. This is the first place that I look on a yellowlegs sp. I saw a bill with no graduation in color from base to tip.
This bird definitely towered over the others, but I've often noticed that when viewing through optics, relative size can be misleading. Scanning peeps at magnification and then coming to a larger shorebird can be jarring. To wit, when scanning the semi-peeps yesterday in order to get a count, I came across a spotted in bad light with the head tucked under. The bird looked huge! Then I realized it was just another spottie...
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To: Kent Fiala
Subject: Re: Lake Crabtree County Park today--yellowlegs, etc
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I stopped by the park around 7:45 PM and saw a single yellowlegs, which to me, looked like Lesser. The bill wasn’t curved upwards, but size was difficult to judge. Maybe there was a Greater there earlier that was then replaced by a Lesser?
Btw, the 4 Phalaropes were still present, as well as 6-7 Common Terns over the lake.
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> On May 21, 2020, at 9:22 PM, Kent Fiala (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> wrote:
> Lake Crabtree County Park in Wake County, NC, was heavily birded today, due to an influx of shorebirds and other species to the flooding lake, including several rarities such as Red-necked Phalarope. Throughout the day, 20 separate eBird checklists (so far) each reported a single yellowlegs. Of these, 14 reported a single Greater Yellowlegs and no Lesser Yellowlegs. The other 6 reported a single Lesser Yellowlegs and no Greater Yellowlegs. The reports of Lesser are mostly later in the day than the reports of Greater, but there is some overlap in times, without anyone actually reporting both species. I saw the Greater myself, towering over nearby Killdeer, and it was photographed. Does anyone have photographic evidence that a Lesser was actually present?
> I don't actually keep track, but I'm sure that today was a record-shattering day for me as an eBird reviewer. From just one hotspot alone, Lake Crabtree County Park, I have (so far) reviewed 102 reports of rare species or high counts.
> Kent Fiala