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Lesser Yellowlegs

Tringa flavipes
Photo by vancouverislandbirds.com

Habitat: When breeding: grassy ponds and open forests.  During migration: shorelines of lakes, rivers and ponds.

Description: Bright yellow legs and a dark bill.  Lighter in color underneath, with dark streaking on the wings and head.

Size: 25-28 cm long.

Diet: Aquatic invertebrates, sometimes fish and small tadpoles.

Fun Facts:  Most shorebirds are not often found in the tree tops, but Lesser Yellowlegs feel right at home at the top of a pine tree if they're disturbed on the ground.

Source: Fisher, C. and J. Acorn.  1998.  Birds of Alberta.  Lone Pine Publishing.

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Sticky Purple Geranium
Geranium viscosissimum
Opposite leaves, usually basal, dark green to gray green in color.  Dense hairs above, underside only hairy along veins.  Leaves are 5-12cm wide, sharply incised into 5 to 7 lobes.  Pink-purple flowers, with 5 petals.  Grow on sticky, woody stalks.
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