Thursday 6 April 2023

Lesser Yellowlegs

Since returning home from Uganda on Monday, I have been checking the LORP patch twice a day as the new habitat looks so good at the moment! Since Monday I have seen a number of waders including 2 Green Sandpipers, Grey Plover and Greenshank which are all good birds for here and then late tonight, a completely unexpected surprise was finding this fine adult Lesser Yellowlegs! It has almost fully moulted into breeding plumage. 

The only other LYL I have found in the UK was also in Spring, on the island of Berneray in the Western Isles in May 2018 and accepted as a different bird to the one on Vatersay.

You cannot beat finding a bird on the home patch though - Happy Days!

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