Saturday, April 20, 2019

Greater Yellowlegs

Not all the birds of Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge are hard to see—take this Greater Yellowlegs we photographed on 15 April 2019. This species nests on the groungd in “inhospitable, mosquito-ridden muskegs” across central Canada and southern Alaska. As a result, this shorebird’s breeding biology is relatively unstudied. Although often a solitary bird, Greater Yellowlegs are, nevertheless, common across North and South America during migration and winter. The species consumes invertebrates and small fish (Elpick and Tibbitts 1998).

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