Willets are one of our bigger sandpipers standing 14-17" tall. For
comparison a Spotted Sandpiper is about 7, Lesser Yellowlegs about 11 and a
Greater Yellowlegs about 14. In terms of other birds a Willet is about the
size of a Crow. So if there were other sandpipers out there, a Willet would
tower above them. If you saw the birds fly, the black & White underwing
pattern is distinictive, I would also look up Whimbrel and other similar
sized Sandpipers, at least to rule them out. Since I just read another
report of Willets from the VT area... You may very well be right, no matter
how unusual they may normally be. Spring Migration always brings a few
>From: Barbara Powers <[log in to unmask]>
>Reply-To: Vermont Birds <[log in to unmask]>
>To: [log in to unmask]
>Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Willets
>Date: Thu, 22 Apr 2004 17:42:36 -0400
>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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