This week’s photo, taken August 1, 2013 at Eide Road, near Stanwood, WA, features a LESSER YELLOWLEGS grabbing a snack in a shallow pond.
Despite its name, the LESSER YELLOWLEGS is a large sandpiper, although not as large as the Greater Yellowlegs. The Lesser has a straight bill; the Greater’s bill is longer and sometimes upcurved. (I hope you are absorbing all of this information, because someday I may quiz you).
Group bird names can be quite strange. A gathering of crows is a “Murder of Crows.” A group of lapwings is a “deceit.” When I was researching this week’s photo bird, I read that a group of yellowlegs is known as an “incontinence.” Immediately, I wondered if that’s actually true, and whether or not it’s true, I questioned why the heck someone would even consider such an odd designation for a group of birds. Then I remembered the color of the bird’s legs, and that’s when I decided nothing else needs to be said about this.