Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Common Greenshank (Tringa nebularia)

OTHER NAMES: Greenshank
Latin Etymology: Tringa (bird named by Aristotle) nebularia ("mist")
Adult Common Greenshank (Tringa nebularis) at Faversham, Kent - September 2012

Featured Subspecies: N/A
Weight: 125-290g  /  Length: 30-35cm  /  Wingspan: 68-70cm
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.

Related Species:
Family: Scolopacidae
Genus: Tringa
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 WaterRainham MarshesPitsford Reservour and Faversham

Further Notes: BirdForum OpusIUCN Red ListRSPBWikipedia, Xeno-canto

No comments:

Post a Comment