Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes) at Barbate Marismas

Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes) at Barbate Marismas

This vagrant North American wader species was found by Liz Snell of Tregaron, Wales, Later seen by Steve Manning and myself.The Lesser Yellowlegs has roosted again at this same location on the 1st of October.

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Yellowlegs with Ruff

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Above is a general map of which part of the Marismas de Barbate it can be found. Take the La Barca de Vejer – Barbate road and park at the first entrance to the walkway after the turnoff to Vejer de la Frontera. You’ll see the swage plant on the left. Walk around the track approx. 200m and look out where the waders and Glossy Ibis are feeding. It was feeding with lots of Wood Sandpipers and some Ruff arrived late yesterday.

The wader scene is changing every with hundreds of Common Snipe that were present during the weekend have now left. Don’t worry, more waders will arrive and hopefully the Lesser Yellowlegs will remain for some time. Perhaps another rarity will turn up -Here are the GPS coordinates to the last know location: 36o 14′ 21.89” N – 5o 56′ 42.51” W

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Lesser Yellowlegs (lower bird) with Ruff

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Lesser Yellowlegs (Left) with Ruff

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Lesser Yellowlegs (Left) with Ruff

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The green area in the centre of this Google Earth image shows the water run-off. Walk along the track for about 200m and look across the marismas

Stephen Daly

Stephen Daly

Stephen Daly, has been birding since he was eight years old in his native Scotland. After living in Germany and France he established Andalucian Guides the successful birding and wildlife tour company on The Strait of Gibraltar in Spain and has been living here since 2001. Photographing birds in flight is one passion and his photos can be found in many books, magazines and journals. Studying bird behaviour and bird migration are two other positive aspects of being based on one of the busiest migration routes on Earth.

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