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Lesser Yellowlegs

Tringa flavipes
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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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Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrel
Spermophilus tridecemlineatus
  Back is covered in alternating spotted and pale stripes.  Between the stripes, the coat is brown in color.  The nose, cheeks, belly and eye circle are all pale in color.  It has large eyes, and small ears.
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