Lesser Yellowlegs at Milne Dam Conservation Park: August 2020

The Milne Dam Conservation Park in Markham is located on the Rouge River.

When I arrived at the little natural beach area, I was immediately alerted to the presence of Lesser Yellowlegs by the two call-notes which are much softer, flatter and usually very different from the loud, ringing three or four of the Greater Yellowlegs. I posted many photos of Great Yellowlegs in a post from Quebec about two weeks ago.

Greater Yellowlegs

The Lesser Yellowlegs is almost exactly like the Greater in all plumages, but is decidedly smaller. The Lesser is about the size of a Killdeer.

Lesser Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs

They nest in open woodland in country interspersed with muskegs, ponds and lakes.

Lesser Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs

Lesser Yellowlegs breed in Alaska and much of western Canada east to James Bay.

Lesser Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs

They winter from the Gulf States and Mexico south to Chile and Argentina.

Lesser Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs

Perhaps because they see humans so infrequently, both Lesser and Greater Yellowlegs allow you to approach them fairly closely.

Lesser Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs

Other birds:

Ring-billed Gull (juvenile)
Ring-billed Gull (juvenile)
Ring-billed Gull (juvenile)
Spotted Sandpiper in non-breeding plumage
Spotted Sandpiper in non-breeding plumage
Canada Goose apparently acting as parent to mallards
Great Egret
Killdeer
Killdeer
Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron

Leopard Frog:

Leopard Frog
Leopard Frog
Leopard Frog
Leopard Frog

NATURE POETRY

Little fly,
Thy summer’s play
My thoughtless hand
Has brushed away.   – William Blake (1757–1827) 

Miles Hearn

2 thoughts on “Lesser Yellowlegs at Milne Dam Conservation Park: August 2020

  1. Lisa Volkov

    Well, I didn’t get to see ballet because of COVID-19. But I guess I can now enjoy the Lesser Yellowlegs’ ballet-worthy performances/poses!
    The place is gorgeous, and the other birds and frogs are beautiful too. Thanks, Miles!

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  2. Diana Chastain

    Wonderful photos as always. Loved the photo of the lesser yellow legs above it’s watery reflection. Thanks Miles.

    Diana Chastain

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