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Old Sunday 11th December 2011, 21:02   #1
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Greater or Lesser Yellowlegs

I found this Yellowlegs this afternoon and not sure what one it is, it seemed massive compared to the two Lessers that I have seen in the last couple of months but the bill length is worrying me a bit as it does not seem that long to previous Greaters that I have seen.

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Old Sunday 11th December 2011, 21:43   #2
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does look quite big for a lesser I'd say greater
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Bill length appears quite short and straight so I'd go with Lesser
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Old Sunday 11th December 2011, 22:00   #4
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must admit looking at the third pic bill is rather slim
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Old Sunday 11th December 2011, 22:21   #5
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Thanks for the comments guys,

I was convinced it was a Greater when I first saw it because of it size, it really did seem much much larger than the two Lesser Yellowlegs that I have seen in the last few weeks. It is the bill length that really is the problem for me.

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Old Monday 12th December 2011, 01:10   #6
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pale base of bill is definite mark for greater
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Old Monday 12th December 2011, 01:17   #7
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pale base of bill is definite mark for greater
Agreed.
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Old Monday 12th December 2011, 07:25   #8
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pale base of bill is definite mark for greater
This is true but Lesser also have a hint of yellow/brown at base. This bird has a lot of yellow showing which suggests Greater non-breeding. The bill is of similar length to width of head and does not appear to be upturned which suggests Lesser. Did you see it fly Alan? Were the legs trailing? I'm pretty sure I read somewhere that is a trait for Lesser.

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Old Monday 12th December 2011, 16:16   #9
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still stick with greater I think tho the bill length is the problem here, certainly looks more like the greater i saw a few weeks back than any lessers iv seen
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Old Monday 12th December 2011, 22:51   #10
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No doubt, Greater yellowlegs!!
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