SPOT­TED RED­SHANK

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The oddly-named Spot­ted Red­shank is a pale grey and white bird in win­ter and al­most all black in the breed­ing sea­son. It is pos­si­ble to see birds of both colours in April and ev­ery­thing in be­tween. They are at their best in their black breed­ing fin­ery, when at the peak, even the nor­mally red legs go black! Spot­ted Red­shanks are slightly larger, slim­mer and more el­e­gant than Red­shanks, with a finer, straight-to-very-slightly down­curved bill, and no white trail­ing edge to the wings. They an­nounce their pres­ence (or your pres­ence as they flush), with a dis­tinc­tive loud shout of ‘che­wit’.

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