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Unknown bird on rocky shoreline

Observed: 7th December 2009 By: Joe McCavana
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course complete
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unknown bird on rocky shoreline

Thanks for the ID. As a novice I had difficulty finding an ID on the web.

drbob's picture


Be careful not to confuse with Ruff - a bird that looks very similar.

er2938's picture


Similar, except in summer! Which is one of the tricky things about bird ID, birds will often look very different at different stages throughout the year... guides as a way of ID often fail to fully overcome this when you first start birding.


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Nothing has the brightly coloured red legs of a redshank, so these are always easy to identify correctly - if you think to look at the legs! The clue's in the name, RED-shank.

Bob Ford

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red legs

Very true! Unfortunately being a wader they do tend to do a lot of wading and hiding their legs! ;)

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Redshank in Larne area

There are nearly always redshank about on the shore and up in the Lough, but ruff would be a much less common occurence.

The redshank will show a bright white rump when they fly off, which ruff don't. The call helps as well - a squeaky sort of piping, about 3 notes or so.

You can get reasonable views of the common shore birds up by the Chaine Tower.