Adult Spotted Redshank (Tringa erythropus) in Autumn moult plumage at Oare Marshes, Kent - September 2012
OTHER NAMES: Dusky Redshank, Greater Redshank
The rarest of the three "shanks" found in the UK, the Spotted Redshank is more delicate and pale than the redshank. Spotted Redshanks are primarily passage migrants, turning up in Autumn and Spring although a few do overwinter, such as the one photographed here. Finding one can be tricky - you need to get the hang of seeing the differences between them and a Common Redshank which is hard to do without actually seing one in the first place. Key identification features include the longer thinner beak with a black upper jaw, larger pale stripe above the eye and general paler colours overall.
Subspecies: none - monotypic
- Sighting Locations -
UNITED KINGDOM - A rare passage migrant (540 birds) and very rare Winter migrant (98 birds)
Further Notes: RSPB, Wikipedia, BirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List