from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A tattler of the family Scolopacidæ and genus Totanus (section Gambetta); the T. or G. flavipes: so called from the color of its legs. The form yellowlegs is the more common.
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But the salt marsh is still a carnival for birds—for Caspian terns, willets, plovers, yellowleg sandpipers, curlews, dowitchers—all picking their way through the feast.