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I sometimes have a hard time with these and, sometimes it's easy. I can see the frustration with this bird as the bill does look a little shorter than I might want to see for greater but, to me, it seems bulkier, the body, bill, and more, than I'd expect on a lesser. Looking at Sibley's, the barring on the lower side fits a greater much better than a lesser.
Greater has my vote but wait for others...

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I agree with millipede on Greater for the same reasons. I believe there is some overlap on bill length between Lesser and Greater or very nearly so. Also primary length here is the same as the tail length, whereas Lesser has longer primary projection.

Here is a page that I find to be useful:

https://www.thespruce.com/greater-or-lesser-yellowlegs-386349

 

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