One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A migratory sandpiper with bright yellow legs, breeding in Alaska and Canada.
Genus Tringa, family Scolopacidae: two species, the greater yellowlegs (T. melanoleuca) and the lesser yellowlegs (T. flavipes)
- ‘Often clouds of black skimmers, yellowlegs and a half-dozen species of sandpipers would wheel over our duck decoys, occasionally alighting right in the middle of them.’
- ‘In November, away from our yards, along our coasts, only yellowlegs linger.’
- ‘In autumn its mudflats host migrant shorebirds including plovers, yellowlegs, and sandpipers, and warblers are common in woodlands at both ends of the pond.’
- ‘A yellowlegs flew over the pond calling loudly.’
- ‘In the mud flats of the Bay of Fundy, you'll see large roosts of shorebirds - plovers, yellowlegs, godwits, curlews, and phalaropes - at high tide.’
- ‘Next he let loose with the melodious song of the goldfinch and followed this closely with the ‘whew, whew, whew, ‘of the greater yellowlegs, a migratory wading bird.’’
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