Date: 5/22/20 6:59 am
From: Kent Fiala (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Re: Lake Crabtree County Park today--yellowlegs, etc
Sounds like an oversight. I'll look into it when I get home. I always
appreciate having things like that brought to my attention.

On Fri, May 22, 2020, 09:34 David Hart <david.hart...> wrote:

> I reported it as Lesser too, and am glad to be corrected.
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> Kent, I’m curious why eBird (which, ironically enough, currently features
> a photo of a Lesser Yellowlegs on its homepage) offers “Greater/Lesser
> Yellowlegs” as an option for Lake Crabtree Park, but not either “Greater
> Yellowlegs” or “Lesser Yellowlegs.”
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> *From: *<carolinabirds-request...> on behalf of Kent Fiala <
> <carolinabirds...>
> *Reply-To: *Kent Fiala <kent.fiala...>
> *Date: *Friday, May 22, 2020 at 9:10 AM
> *To: *"Shultz, Steven" <Steven.Shultz...>
> *Cc: *carolinabirds <carolinabirds...>
> *Subject: *Re: FW: Lake Crabtree County Park today--yellowlegs, etc
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> eBird review is occasionally good for something.
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> On Fri, May 22, 2020, 08:45 "Shultz, Steven" <carolinabirds...>
> wrote:
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> Ryan Justice, a stellar shorebirder, and Ed Corey, you might know him as a
> leader on offshore pelagic trips, are both at the park now and are seeing a
> greater. So if we presume the same bird, and probably no reason not to,
> looks like I was mistaken!
>
> Steve Shultz
> Apex NC
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Shultz, Steven
> Sent: Friday, May 22, 2020 8:31 AM
> To: <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!
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> 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...
>
> Steve Shultz
> Apex NC
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: <carolinabirds-request...> [mailto:
> <carolinabirds-request...>] On Behalf Of Ryan Justice
> Sent: Thursday, May 21, 2020 9:26 PM
> To: Kent Fiala
> Cc: carolinabirds
> 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.
>
> Ryan Justice
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> Sent from my iPhone
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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
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