Yellowlegs are one of the two "Yellowlegs" species migrating through
the state, the other being the Lesser Yellowlegs.
More wary than its smaller cousin, the Greater Yellowlegs will make loud
alarm calls when spooked.
Habitat: Flooded fields, mud flats,
shallow ponds, riverbanks, shorelines.
Diet: Mostly small fish and insects,
also snails, tadpoles, and crustaceans.
Behavior: Primarily forages in shallow water,
moving quite actively . Greater Yellowlegs will pluck food items from
the surface, or will dip their bills into the water and swing their heads
from side-to-side to search for food items.
Breeding: Non-breeder in South Dakota
Migration: Summers in Canada and Alaska.
Winters along the U.S. coasts, the extreme southern U.S., and points south
Conservation Status: No noticeable trends in
numbers or range.
Cornell University's "All About Birds - Greater Yellowlegs"
Photo Information: April 22nd, 2003 -- Long Lake near
Madison -- Terry L. Sohl
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