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).