03/28/13 - 2:34pm
A Lesser Yellowlegs leaves a brackish marsh off the Guiana coast of northeastern South America and begins its spring migration by crossing the Gulf of Mexico. Over the next couple weeks, it stops to rest and refuel at various stopover sites enroute to south-central Alaska in late April. Approaching Chickaloon Flats, the yellowlegs detects the familiar vast mudflats, bands of vegetation, and network of sloughs. But it’s the presence of scattered shallow ephemeral pools that makes this a suitable stopover. Stop here or go elsewhere.