Lesser Yellowlegs... Tringa flavipes
Although our back yard was heavily flooded this spring, it brought about many birds that we normally would not see, such as this sweet little Lesser Yellowlegs. This seemingly quiet pond is actually our back yard prior to the flood waters eventually receding away.
The Lesser Yellowlegs 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; merely the fine, clear and dense pattern of the neck shown in breeding plumage indicates these species' actual relationships.
Their breeding habitat is clearings near ponds in the boreal forest region from Alaska to Quebec. They nest on the ground, usually in open dry locations.