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A Lesser Yellowlegs in Iceland

A juvenile Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes was found at Sandgerđi (SW) by Yann Kolbeinsson, around mid-day on 24th September 2003. It stayed on a small pond 30 m away from the shoreline. There it stayed with a Common Redshank, and later moved to a bigger pond (on the other side of the road) with several other Redshanks and Ruddy Turnstones. Three other birders managed to see the bird in the afternoon, and also found a Pectoral Sandpiper several km north of this site (see bird news).
Unusually few rarities have been found during September in Iceland, with almost exclusively American birds (all after 10 September); one Yellow Warbler, one Buff-breasted Sandpiper, one American Golden Plover, one Bonaparte's Gull and finally the Yellowlegs and Pectoral Sandpiper (the last-named being a regular visitor).

There has been ten accepted records of Lesser Yellowlegs in Iceland, with two others awaiting decision by the Icelandic Rarities Committee. All but three were found in autumn. This bird will therefor probably be the 13th record for Iceland. - YK/24.09.2003

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Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes
Sandgerđi (SW)
24 September 2003

Juvenile.

© Daníel Bergmann

Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes
Sandgerđi (SW)
24 September 2003

© Yann Kolbeinsson

Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes
Sandgerđi (SW)
24 September 2003

© Yann Kolbeinsson

Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes
Sandgerđi (SW)
24 September 2003

With a Common Redshank.

© Yann Kolbeinsson