Resident Greater Yellowlegs on the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia

J.A. Elliott, G.H. Elliott


Resident Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca) were monitored over a fiveyear period (2010-2014) at four sites within a selected 30 km by 30 km section on the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia, Canada, to see if the sites are regular annual breeding territories. Three sites were occupied every year, while the fourth was only occupied in one year. There is evidence that adults arrive on site as bonded pairs, arriving as early as the third week of April, which is in advance of the peak in the seasonal continental migration. Brooding and chick rearing through May and early June enable fledgingby the third week of June. Adults leave by about mid-July; juveniles have remained on site until late August. Encroachment by forestry and recreational activities appears to have been accommodated by nesting pairs.

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