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Greater Yellowlegs

Greater Yellowlegs
Greater Yellowlegs

© Greg Lavaty

Tringa melanoleuca

Family: (Scolopacidae) Sandpipers and Phalaropes

Preferred Habitat: Tidal marshes and freshwater ponds.

Seasonal Occurrence: Common September through April. Rare in summer.

Notes: The Greater Yellowlegs is very similar to Lesser Yellowlegs. When the two species are seen together, they are readily distinguished by the Greater Yellowlegs' larger size and longer bill. The call is also different. That of the Greater Yellowlegs is a sharp, whistled, whee, whee, whee. The Greater Yellowlegs is most common in our area in winter. It is usually spotted singly or in small numbers of loose flocks.
- Susan Billetdeaux