Tringa flavipes

Status:  Common regular spring and fall migrant statewide.

Documentation: Specimen: UNSM ZM12652, 12 Apr 1898 Lancaster Co.

Taxonomy:  No subspecies are recognized.

Spring:  Mar 10, 11, 12 <<<>>> Jun 4, 5, 5

Earlier dates are 2-14 Mar 2012 Seward Co, and 7 Mar (Jorgensen 2012).  For later dates, see Fall.

Arrival is generally at the end of Mar and the beginning of Apr. Numbers peak towards the end of Apr and decrease during May.

  • High counts: 1812 in the eastern Rainwater Basin 27-29 Apr 2001, 812 there 24-26 Apr 1998, 500 there 27 Apr 2007, and 500 in Sarpy 1 May 2019.

Fall:  Jun 17, 17, 17 <<<>>> Nov 6, 6, 6

There are seven reports in the period 6-16 Jun which bridge the gap between spring and fall migration and may be one-year-old birds which did not complete migration:  9 Jun 1984 Douglas-Sarpy Cos, 12 Jun 2004 Sinninger WPA, York Co, 13 Jun 2004 Harlan Co Reservoir, Harlan Co, 13 Jun 1992 Sheridan Co, 13 Jun 2019 Rock Co, 13 Jun 2020 Lincoln Co, 14 Jun 1961 Lincoln Co, and 14 Jun 2008 Hultine WPA, Clay Co apparently injured (Jorgensen 2012).

Later dates are 11 Nov 2016 Seward Co, and 7 Dec 2014 two Buffalo Co.

Adults arrive by the end of Jun and peak numbers are observed mid-Jul and early Aug.  Juveniles arrive by late Jul and are the majority age group in Aug and Sep.  Juveniles often flock in larger groups than do adults.  Numbers dwindle in Oct and the species is only casually observed during the first half of Nov.

  • High counts:  641 at Harvard WPA, Clay Co 20 Jul 2001, 614 at Lake McConaughy, Keith Co 7 Sep 2000, and 500 in the eastern Rainwater Basin 16 Jul 2000.


UNSM: University of Nebraska State Museum
WPA: Waterfowl Production Area (Federal)


Photograph (top) of a Lesser Yellowlegs at LaPlatte Bottoms, Sarpy Co 26 Apr 2013 by Phil Swanson.

Literature Cited

Jorgensen, J.G. 2012.  Birds of the Rainwater Basin, Nebraska.  Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, Lincoln, Nebraska, USA.

Recommended Citation

Silcock, W.R., and J.G. Jorgensen.  2020  Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes). In Birds of Nebraska — Online. www.BirdsofNebraska.org

Birds of Nebraska – Online

Updated 24 Dec 2020