|The Lesser Yellowlegs is altogether more delicate-looking
than Greater Yellowlegs. The head and, especially, the fine bill of a Lesser
Yellowlegs gives an impression rather like that of a Marsh Sandpiper whereas
a Greater Yellowlegs has a thicker-looking head and neck and a stouter,
slightly up-turned bill and therefore looks much more like a Greenshank.
From breeding grounds in central Alaska through
to Canada, birds migrate in autumn to West Indies and South America, moving
earlier in autumn than Greater Yellowlegs, and returning later in spring.
This Irish rarity was photographed on the Cunnigar, Co. Waterford, and
extremely obliging and photogenic bird.
with kind permission of Rónán McLaughlin