A vagrant from the West

Hrísastelkur – Lesser Yellowlegs – Tringa flavipes

A Lesser Yellowlegs was spotted several days ago in Sandgerði, Reykjanes. This North American shorebird is a rare vagrant in Iceland. It is related to the Redshank, a little lighter in colour, similar in size, but the legs are yellow, not red.

The Lesser Yellowlegs is a North American bird that lives in the boreal forests of North America, from Quebec  to Alaska. They are migrators that fly South in winter, to the Gulf coast of Mexico and to South America. They are regular vagrants in Europe and have been spotted around 20 times in Iceland.