The Path of Less Resistance
Mixed flocks of shorebirds, like this lesser yellowlegs, gather together in staging areas for rest and the abundance of food that these areas provide. Many have long journeys southward to Central and South America where they will spend their winter, returning Northward in spring. It is thought that members of larger flocks are safer from predators than those that find themselves alone. It has also been suggested that birds that fly together in formations reap the benefits of physics. Birds trailing in a flying flock find there is less wind resistance and expend less energy to fly the same distance as the lead birds. In essence, being the follower is frequently the path of less resistance. #LesserYellowlegs
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L is for Lesser Yellowlegs. This is a kind of funny bird recognized by its long, bright yellow legs and graceful stride. They are shorebirds so they can be seen along the beaches and nearby wetlands. In NYC you can find them around Great Kills Park located on southern shore of Staten Island during the spring. Unfortunately they won’t stay long in the bay as they will continue its long migration northward to nest.
They are usually accompanied by their larger contener, the Greater Yellowlegs. They both actually look very similar but the Lesser is quite smaller, so keep that in mind. .
Ok that’s all about this little one for now. Stay pretty wild guys and remember to always look up!! .
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Lesser yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes). Photo by Alex Wilke / TNC
Staff at TNC’s Virginia Coast Reserve recently participated in the 2018 Global Shorebird Counting Program. Many shorebird species are in peril as they struggle to adapt to a world impacted by climate change and human activities – but there is hope. The naturally functioning barrier island and coastal lagoon systems of the Virginia Coast Reserve provide ideal habitats where shorebirds can nest and raise their young, refuel during long migrations, and overwinter. In fact, VCR is one of the most important places in the Western Hemisphere for shorebirds. Our efforts to manage and protect the beaches and other coastal habitats help contribute to ensuring the resiliency of these species as they struggle to survive in a changing world. ...
A lesser yellowlegs in a parking lot puddle... Felt awesome to get out and dust off the old camera for a couple hours yesterday. Nothing invigorates my spirit like laying in the mud and flailing about with my lens trying to focus on tiny shorebirds through a million blades of grass. #lesseryellowlegs
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Lesser Yellowlegs has been hanging out with the Baird’s Sandpiper in the puddles at Floyd Bennett Field. Baird’s was there last night for the fourth day.