Attack of the Greater Yellowlegs

Things I've Learned About the Newfoundland Wilderness: #358: Walk near a Greater Yellowlegs nest and pay for it for the rest of the day.

Watch this.

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I apologize for the windy end portion. Hopefully it masks whatever cursing I was carrying on with. And yes, this particular yellowlegs did make contact at several points. With my head.

Greater Yellowlegs are fiercely protective of their nests and the 500 yards surrounding their nests. Take a closer look at these beautiful shorebirds below but don't give them an inch because they will literally make a mile of your hike miserable.

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Quick and birdie (heh)

I just received an email saying that it has been 9 months since I last posted. For shame. I have been writing my Master's thesis in the interim and it has successfully consumed all of my time and infused a steady stream of guilt for doing things that are not thesis-related. I have 10 blog posts queued. Some of them are long and some are very short. Today's will be short with only a couple of photos. Though the summer is late here in Newfoundland, the familiar pull to get into the woods with my binoculars is ever-present and I do manage to sneak away here and there. In the fall I picture myself skipping through grassy meadows and dense Balsam Fir woods taking photos of birds willy-nilly and fervently hammering away at my keyboard to show you what I found. Until then check out this Greater Yellowlegs I spotted surveying a ditch in Bonavista, NL last September. He walked around inspecting the bellies of rocks for some time and then took a nap midstream.

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Stay tuned for more short posts!