Belongs to: passage waders

Greenshank Tringa nebularia


Best time to see: Oct to mid Nov

Key facts

Long-legged greyish wader of marshes and estuaries

Habitat: freshwater marshes, moors and estuaries

Double passage migrant mainly in autumn; breeds in Scotland and Scandinavia and winters in S. Europe

Recognition

Greyish wader with long greenish legs and grey upturned bill; 30 cm

Runs around in shallows feeding frantically

Eats molluscs, crustaceans and worms

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Photo © Gerald Downey