This old squirrel took a gander at how the letters were falling at the end of this alphabet challenge and asked Nutmeg to switch my water column to ‘Y’ day. It sure has made my blogging life easier. We don’t often post wildlife that isn’t right in our backyard, but Ol’ Wally…well, er, one of our reader friends found just the Y animal to share.
This here, folks, is a Greater Yellowlegs. He is pretty much a marsh dweller and our friend spotted him at Huntley Meadows Park, a freshwater wetland right here in northern Virginia. We don’t have too many big watering holes left in our burgeoning suburbia, so many birds–and humans–take advantage of the beautiful park.
As a woodlands squirrel, I’ve not seen too many shorebirds, but I’m guessing this Yellowlegs was just passing through. He is easily identified by the yellow legs, and our friend knew he was the ‘Greater’ not the ‘Lesser’ Yellowlegs because of the upturned bill. He uses that bill to poke down through the mud to pick out insects to eat. See how at home he looks wading along?
I tell you, that is not something a squirrel would choose to do. We get our bugs by digging in the dry dirt!