think I have a Lesser Yellowlegs in each of these pictures but in the last two pictures it is on the left with a Wilson's Phalarope on the right. Please correct me if I am wrong.
Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes), Kern National Wildlife Refuge, Kern County, California - 1 December 2011.
Additional shot of a close up of head and bill
Bird on the left in both pictures, the second picture was taken first
-with thanks to Greg Lassley
at Village Creek Drying Beds just west of River Legacy Park
The bird deeper into the water is what I think is the Greater Yellowlegs. Am thinking the two closer to the shore are Lesser Yellowlegs.
Changing to Lesser Yellowlegs for one deeper in the water thanks to id help
at Village Creek Drying Beds, just west of Legacy Park
The Lesser Yellowlegs, Tringa flavipes, is a medium-sized shorebird similar in appearance to the larger Greater Yellowlegs. It is not closely related to this bird, however, but instead to the much larger and quite dissimilar Willet (Pereira & Baker, 2005); merely the fine, clear and dense pattern of the neck shown in breeding plumage indicates these species' actual relationships.