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Bird Sightings : Hebrides : Spotted Redshank



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Spotted Redshank

Tringa erythropus


  • Spotted Redshank
  • Tringa erythropus
  • UK: Passage/Winter Visitor. Southward migration July - August. Most birds go through UK in September. Wintering birds leave April - May
  • UK: AMBER LIST (50%+ of UK wintering population found in just 10 sites). 420 passage records annually BTO , 80 - 400 wintering (RSPB).
  • WI: Scarce passage Visitor (Very small numbers each year)
  • Breeds: North Europe, North Asia, Northern Siberia
  • Winters: Europe - Mediterranean to South-East Asia, China, Africa
  • Habitat: Wetlands, marshy tundra. (Migration: coastal wet meadows & mudflats)
  • Diet: Wades in deep water, swims, sometimes dabbling bottom-up like a duck. Insects- larvae, shrimps, worms.
  • Bit larger than redshank. Summer adults almost all black, wings have some white spotting. Back has white wedge shape - noticeably in flight. Tail barred. Winter: grey back, paler below, & more prominent eye stripe than redshank. NO white wing bars.
  • Listen to a Spotted Redshank (RSPB site)
  • Similar birds: Redshank, Greenshank

Some ID photos of a Spotted Redshank by Steve Round (Norfolk)


Spotted Redshank records in the Western Isles

Scarce passage Visitor (Very small numbers each year)
Source: Outer Hebrides Bird Report (2001)


The chart below shows how abundant the Spotted Redshank is during a month or when you are more likely to see it.













(Source: Outer Hebrides Birds Checklist)



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