Bird Watching (UK) - - July Id Challenge -

Here are two seem­ingly iden­ti­cal waders fly­ing to­gether. They are quite cold in colour, al­most black and white in ap­pear­ance, and the wings are dark (apart from a very thin lead­ing edge to the pri­maries). The long, slightly up­turned bill hints that we are deal­ing with a Tringa sand­piper. The lack of wing-bar im­me­di­ately rules out birds such as Red­shank. The white rump flow­ing into ex­ten­sive white in the cen­tre of the back rules out Green and Wood Sand­pipers and the Amer­i­can yel­lowlegs (which have small, square white rumps). That grey-based bill and the long green­ish legs, with feet pro­ject­ing be­yond the tail rule out Spot­ted Red­shank and the longer-billed Bar-tailed God­wit, and should take you to these be­ing Green­shanks.

KEY FEA­TURES Plain dark wings lack any wing-bars †Ex­ten­sive white back from barred tail al­most to nape †Grey-based, black-tipped slightly up­turned long, ro­bust bill †Greeny-yel­low feet pro­ject be­yond tail Rich buff tones to plumage

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