Redshank (Tringa totanus)
Species
Redshank (Tringa totanus). Taken at Farmoor, Oxon., on September 12th 2017.
Taken at Farmoor, Oxon., on September 12th 2017.
(1/1000th sec at f11. Click image for larger version. © David Hastings)
Redshank (Tringa totanus). Taken at Farmoor, Oxon., on December 18th 2011.
Taken at Farmoor, Oxon., on December 18th 2011.
(1/800th sec at f10. Click image for larger version. © David Hastings)

Description

L: 24 - 27 cm; WS: 47 - 53 cm

The Redshank is a medium-sized wading bird. It has longish red legs and a long, straight bill. It is grey-brown above and whitish below. In flight, it shows very obvious white rear edges to the wings and a white 'V-shape' up its back.

The greatest concentrations of breeding birds are in parts of Scotland and north-west England.

Redshank breed on inland and coastal marshes, wet meadows and moorland.

Drainage of farmland and overgrazing of coastal marshes are removing breeding habitat, making Redshank increasingly dependent on nature reserves.

The Redshank has amber status on the UK list. There are around 38000 breeding pairs in Britain, and up to 126000 birds (many from Iceland) over-winter here.

Sightings

09-Jun-2018 : Titchwell Marsh, Norfolk (10+)
06-Jun-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
01-May-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
25-Mar-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon (3)
13-Mar-2018 : Fuerteventura, Canary Islands (1)
18-Jan-2018 : Slimbridge, Glos (40+)

19-Nov-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
12-Oct-2017 : Morston Salt Marsh, Norfolk (3+)
12-Oct-2017 : Cley Marshes, Norfolk
10-Oct-2017 : Titchwell Marsh, Norfolk (50+)
09-Oct-2017 : Titchwell Marsh, Norfolk (40+)
18-Sep-2017 : Lodmoor, Dorset (4)
12-Sep-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
05-Sep-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
30-May-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
29-Apr-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
18-Apr-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon (2)
16-Apr-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
13-Apr-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
25-Mar-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
15-Mar-2017 : Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon (2)

06-Nov-2016 : Barbate, Spain (4)
23-Jul-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
04-Jul-2016 : Leighton Moss, Lancashire (18+)
05-Jun-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
02-Jun-2016 : Lymington-Keyhaven NR, Hants (1)
14-May-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (3)
30-Apr-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
17-Apr-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (7+)
25-Mar-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
13-Mar-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (9)
25-Feb-2016 : Port Meadow, Oxford, Oxon (2)

25-Oct-2015 : Hunstanton, Norfolk (2)
24-Oct-2015 : Titchwell Marsh, Norfolk (4)
23-Oct-2015 : Cley Marshes, Norfolk (1)
22-Oct-2015 : Snettisham, Norfolk
22-Oct-2015 : Hunstanton, Norfolk (1)
01-Jun-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (6)
10-May-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
30-Apr-2015 : Arne, Dorset (1)
27-Apr-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (9+)
09-Apr-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (5+)
22-Mar-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (12+)

01-Aug-2014 : Leighton Moss, Lancashire (66)
31-Jul-2014 : Leighton Moss, Lancashire (16)
25-May-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon (4+)
08-May-2014 : Newport, Pembrokeshire (1)
17-Apr-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon (3)