UK GREEN LIST / IUCN Red List: Least Concern
Greenshanks are perhaps a bird which can be awkward to see at any particular time of the year - they Summer in the Scottish Highlands, which is quite out of the way for many people while in Winter they stay on the West coast for the most part. Perhaps the best time of year to see them without a large trip is on passage in Autumn, where they can be seen in larger numbers than the resident population along more accessible parts of the country, but are still fairly scarce on the ground. My general impression is that they are one of the more flighty waders, and tend to fly away from humans they see even at fairly long distances.
Subspecies: none - monotypic
- Sighting Locations -
UNITED KINGDOM - Local breeding species (700-1500 birds), rare Wintering species (770 birds) and uncommon passage migrant (4500+ birds)
- Seen at several sites on passage including Rutland Water, Rainham Marshes, Pitsford Reservour and Faversham
Further Information: RSPB, Wikipedia, Birdguides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List