Field Notes

David Fix
43. by David Fix on July 03, 2011 at 02:40 pm

If you and your friends are arguing over whether a Mystery Yellowlegs is a Greater or Lesser, first consider that if it's REALLY a Lesser, perhaps the discussion might not be taking place--it's easier to try to "bend" Greater to Lesser than the opposite. Where these birds are common for weeks in late-summer and fall migration, the feathers of molting after-hatch-year birds can accumulate visibly at the down-breeze corner of their favored wetland, along with those of Mallards and Ring-billed or California gulls. HINT: to calm nervous yellowlegs in a mixed shorebird gathering that might be about to "tattle" and flush the whole works, stop mid-stride once you're visible and ostentatiously stretch a leg behind you and pull up your sock. Repeat in a deliberate manner with the other foot. It sounds silly, but I have found it useful. It works to calm the birds a bit --so goes my theory--because they recognize that most predators truly on the prowl would not pause to engage in a preening behavior. Try it out and report back.

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Citation: Personal Experience. I observe this regularly, highly confident.

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