Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes   [JF Gmelin, 1789]

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Order: Charadriiformes Family: Scolopacidae
BTO Codes: LY, LESYE EURING No: 5510
Number in Britain: 5 records/year
Conservation Status:
UK: Not Assessed
European: Not evaluated
Global: (Details)
Status in UK: (A)  Accidental
Subspecies: Monotypic
Length: 24 cm Wingspan: 62 cm Weight: M/F: 84 g    
Scientific name from: Gr.: trungas=a waterbird mentioned by Aristotle and L.: flavus=yellow + pes=foot
World Distribution: BREEDS: n North America, WINTERS: s US to s South America
Habitat: Tundra, on migration wet grassland, mudflats
Diet: Aquatic and terrestrial invertebrates, esp flies and beetles
TitBit: Both male and female Yellowlegs provide parental care to the young, but the female tends to leave the breeding area before the chicks can fly leaving the male to defend the young until fledging.  
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Records and Distribution

First Record: Nottinghamshire, 1854 (Palmer. P 2000. First for Britain & Ireland, Arlequin Press. [502.74 PAL])
Total Number of Records (1950-2007): 252 Summary of Records by Year
Most Likely to Occur in: August to October
Most Recent County Records:
   Scotland: Argyll (2007), Angus & Dundee (2007), Ayrshire (1989), Highland (1989), Lothian (1999), Moray & Nairn (1998), Northeast (2006), Outer Hebrides (2007), Orkney (2007), Shetland (2005),
   North-east England: Cleveland (2003), Durham (2002), Northumberland (2003), East Yorkshire (2005), North Yorkshire (2005), South Yorkshire (2003), West Yorkshire (1988),
   North-west England: Cheshire (2002), Cumbria (1971), Lancashire (2007),
   English Midlands: Derbyshire (1998), Leicestershire (2004), Northamptonshire (1995), Nottinghamshire (1995), Shropshire (1995), Staffordshire (1995),
   Eastern England: Cambridgeshire (1998), Essex (2007), Hertfordshire (2002), Lincolnshire (2006), Norfolk (2007), Suffolk (2007),
   South-east England: Berkshire (1953), Buckinghamshire (1977), Hampshire (2005), Isle of Wight (1997), Kent (2001), Greater London (1984), Oxfordshire (1998), Surrey (1990), East Sussex (1998), West Sussex (1985),
   South-west England: Cornwall (2004), Devon (2003), Dorset (2000), Gloucestershire (1998), Somerset (2006), Wiltshire (1992), Isles of Scilly (2007),
   Wales: Anglesey (1999), Carmarthen (2000), Ceredigion (2003), Caernarfonshire (1977), Gower (1953), Gwent (1981), Pembrokeshire (2004),

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Other Names

Gaelic: Welsh: Melyngoes Bach
Danish: Lille Gulben Dutch: Kleine geelpootruiter
Finnish: Keltajalkaviklo French: Chevalier à pattes jaunes
German: Gelbschenkel Hungarian: Sárgalábú cankó
Icelandic: Hrísastelkur Irish: Mionladhrán Buí
Italian: Totano zampegialle minore Norwegian: Gulbeinsnipe
Polish: Brodziec zóltonogi Portuguese: Perna-amarela-pequeno
Spanish: Archibebe patigualdo chico Swedish: Mindre gulbena

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