I hadn't expected to return to Strathbeg this week after Tuesday's visit but when a report came through this morning of the Greater Yellowlegs, now in its 3rd day, being joined by a Lesser Yellowlegs it was a no brainer! When I arrived at the site at around 10:30am it was blowing a hoolie but I made my way around to the bench area which overlooks Starnafin Pools and tucked in to try and avoid the wind.
|Lesser Yellowlegs ~ I suppose that's why we call them waders!|
There were actually more waders on the pools than I've seen of late with (8) Black-tailed Godwit, (2) Ruff, (11) Dunlin, (5) Snipe, (2) Greenshank, (2) Grey Plover, double-figure Lapwing and a single Pectoral Sandpiper. I could see the Greater Yellowlegs feeding behind some grass tufts but at this point no sign of the Lesser Yellowlegs.
|Wonderful record shot of Lesser & Greater Yellowlegs.|
Glad to say that after a short wait I finally had eyes on the Lesser Yellowlegs and after waiting for what seemed an age I managed to snap a few record shots of both feeding together reasonably close by. A mind-blowing few hours with three Nearctic waders on one pool, not sure how often that's happened in the UK if at all!
More Record Shots of the Yellowlegs...