Greater Yellowlegs

Tringa melanoleuca
Greater yellowlegs have a bill longer than their head/Photo Courtesy of Dr. Madeline Kalbach

The Greater yellowlegs is a large sandpiper that is commonly seen in the Refuge during winter, spring and fall, and occassionally in the summer. It is likely to be seen foraging on the river banks and bars, and along wetland and slough edges.  Its flight is like that of a fluttering moth.  In mixed flocks it is often the one that gives the alarm when a predator comes near.

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Facts About Greater Yellowlegs

Bill is 1½ times longer than the head

Long, bright yellow legs

Often runs with its neck stretched out chasing after fast-moving prey such as fish or frogs