There have been several records of Willets in both Essex and Clinton
counties in NY, but most have been later in the summer and early fall.
Willets are very distinctive when they lift their wings or fly because of
the underwing pattern. What did the bill look like? Could they have been
Upland Sandpipers? They don't have dark legs, but leg color can vary
according to lighting (especially backlighting) and if they have been
wading in very muddy water. Yellowlegs tend to move around a lot, whereas
other types of waders are more sedentary. If you can pass on more details,
it may be helpful.
Port Kent, NY
On Thu, 22 Apr 2004 17:42:36 -0400, Barbara Powers <[log in to unmask]>
>I am now not so sure we saw Willets on Tuesday off Swamp Road. In looking
>through the scope the birds seemed larger than yellowlegs and had dark
>In looking at the possible VINS list they are not even listed as passing
>through Vermont. Can anyione tell me what other field marks we should have
>been looking for? Maybe some one else saw them in the same area. They were
>located in the field on the right after the covered bridge about 100 yards
>out foraging in the water. Thanks.
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