Fish, chips and wader watch­ing on the habour

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Hav­ing spent sev­eral days on the York­shire coast watch­ing the Gan­nets, I saw sev­eral of these small waders in the har­bour at Bridling­ton as I sat and had my fish and chips. I came to the con­clu­sion that these were per­haps young Turn­stones? Paul Ha­worth

QWatch­ing Gan­nets and eat­ing fish and chips; what a great way to spend a few days! We can’t ques­tion your taste, and nei­ther can we ques­tion your wader ID skills. This is in­deed an almost text­book ex­am­ple of a young Turn­stone, from the colour of the bill and legs through to that scaly-look­ing back caused by the paler edges of the feath­ers (a ju­ve­nile fea­ture). They’re a com­mon sight around the coast of Bri­tain in the au­tumn and win­ter, hav­ing bred in the Arc­tic, and are usu­ally seen in small groups. They can be in­cred­i­bly tame, and even take food from your hand (they also have a very var­ied taste in food). Turn­stone spe­cial: page 64.


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