Lesser Yellowlegs Antics

This evening I stopped by the small pond at 6 1/2 Station Road Sanctuary and was treated to a pair of Lesser Yellowlegs doing who knows what for nearly five minutes. It involved a lot of hopping around and chasing one another. I really enjoyed seeing this; the photos are distant and heavily cropped, but I really like them. Any thoughts on this behavior are certainly welcome…


5 thoughts on “Lesser Yellowlegs Antics”

  1. “Nuthin goin’ on today, Les. Hey, what’re ya doin’?”
    “Feeling springy, Legs. Gonna see how high I can jump.”
    “Wow. Let me try!” (grunts & jumps as Less is coming down). “Man, I can’t get as high!”
    “Use more wing, Legs! Watch, I’ll do it again…”
    “I think I can, I think I can, I knew I could, I knew I could!”
    “Nice job!”
    (Rapping together) “Our legs our yellow, but they’re not jello, we strut the marsh, but we’re not harsh, you call us lesser, but we ain’t – no, sir! Boomff, da-doo-da-da-da, boompff. Tu-tu, tu-tu!”

  2. Matt,
    This behavior is often seen in young birds. They are playing, just like puppies or kittens. Practicing antics like displaying and defending territory, preparing for adulthood. I see it most often in Least Sandpipers (probably because I see more of them) Nice shots! John

    1. Thanks so much, John. I was up at Mt. Peter yesterday and had a discussion with the other counters and they had similar explanations. I like the idea of them playing, because that is really what it seemed like they were doing. Matt

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