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Old Monday 7th May 2007, 05:46   #1
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yellowlegs id help? Pescadero marsh, California

I had a fine trip to the ocean beach today, photographing many familiar birds in breeding plumage for the first time. In the lagoon at Pescadero, I got these photos of yellowlegs. The beak length and shape seems good for greater, but this always seems a bit iffy to me. However the extensive barring on the flanks seems like a solid greater yellowlegs field mark. Am I getting this right?

I never have seen a yellowlegs here in northern California that I could convince myself was a lesser yellowlegs, are they that much harder to find?
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Old Monday 7th May 2007, 07:19   #2
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Looks like greater, based on fairly heavy flank streaking and bill length, but I'm no expert
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Old Monday 7th May 2007, 14:02   #3
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A fine set of images - showing classic Greater Yellowlegs and as mentioned by David - heavy flank barring and longer than head - slightly upturned bill - quite obvious in these great images!

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Thanks guys. I will continue to keep my eyes open for the elusive Lesser. Perhaps the fall migration is the best shot for Lesser around here.
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