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Com­mon, widely dis­trib­uted Lo­calised – al­ways a treat Very scarce or rare TELL US WHAT YOU’VE SEEN! twit­ter.com/bird­watch­ing­mag face­book.com/bird­watch­ing­mag RED-NECKED PHALAROPE

This beau­ti­ful wader is sur­pris­ingly tiny, es­pe­cially for a bird which spends most of its time swim­ming. There are fewer than 30 pairs breed­ing in the coun­try, most fa­mously on Fet­lar, Shet­land, but also in the He­bridean is­lands. How­ever, June sees a small but def­i­nite pas­sage of birds through the rest of the UK, so keep an eye out on suit­able wader habi­tat, es­pe­cially where there is a pool for a phalarope to swim in. Phalaropes are highly un­usual among British birds in that the fe­males are the most brightly coloured ones, and the duller males are the ones that do the nest du­ties (apart from the egg-lay­ing, of course).

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