BLACK-WINGED STILT

Bird Watching (UK) - - Your Birding Month -

Es­sen­tially a south­ern species in Europe, the Black-winged Stilt’s breed­ing range now reaches to the French side of the English Chan­nel. There have been a few at­tempts at breed­ing in the UK in re­cent years, in par­tic­u­lar, but it re­mains largely a rare vis­i­tor. This bird al­most de­fines the con­cept of ‘un­mis­tak­able’. The red legs are of com­edy length, the bill ul­tra­fine, the plumage as straight­for­wardly black and white as you could imag­ine. Look for them at fresh­wa­ter or brack­ish sites. They could drop in any­where.

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