Fish, chips and wader watching on the habour
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.