|Redshank (Tringa totanus)|
So here are the facts:
- They are resident all around the coast of the UK.
- You will also find them in Southern Ireland and South-West England where they Winter and in the summer you'll also find them in Northern England, North and South Scotland Central Ireland.
|Love this shot of a calm Redshank against a wild sea.|
- Despite having 25,000 breeding pairs and 130,000 wintering birds, they are an Amber Status bird as they have had a recent breeding population decline.
- Despite what I said above, they are found in all habitats, including towns and cities! They are mostly found in estuaries and on the coast.
- They are built for wet places an hunt for food is soil and mud for insects, earthworms, molluscs and crustaceans using their bill to probe into the ground.
- They have an array of local names, including Ebb Cock, Pool Snipe and my all time favourite 'Watery Pleep'.
- They do have another name, the Sentinel of the Marsh. This is very apt as they are usually the first birds to fly of the marsh if disturbed.
|Group of Redshanks and Lapwings|
- They are 28cm in length and they have a 62cm wingspan. Also, Males weigh 110g while Females weigh 130g.
- They have a typical lifespan of 4 years but the oldest blew this away and stuck it put for 5 TIMES LONGER! Yup, that's right, the oldest Redshank survived for 20 years, 1 month and 15 days.
Here are some links to some more information:
RSPB - Redshank
BTO Birdfacts - Redshank
Hope you enjoyed,