Shetland Isles [2] - waders

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1 year 3 months ago #87294 by nkgray
nkgray created the topic: Shetland Isles [2] - waders
Mid-July marks the arrival time in Shetland of the very early Arctic migrants starting to pass through on the autumn migration south. At the Pool of Virkie close to Sumburgh Head I encountered the following over three separate visits.

Black-tailed Godwit possibly a resident species



the definitely resident Common Redshank



and the migrants, Common Ringed Plover, which I also saw atop Ronas Hill, at 450m Shetland's highest point!



here with a breeding plumage Sanderling which had me initially very confused as I have only ever seen this one in winter plumage



and single Sanderling





Dunlin were largely in breeding plumage







while Red Knot showed a bewildering array from full breeding to full non-breeding plumage



The odd Ruddy Turnstone, also in full breeding plumage mingled with the Dunlin



Eurasian Curlew (resident) mixed with the waders as well as being very common in the arable and moorland areas inland.






Neil

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