Was the tiny wader flying past Bardsey heading for Peru?
A phalarope flew south past Bardsey on Monday morning, quite probably a Red-necked Phalarope.
These tiny waders nest on little pools in the Arctic, with a small population nesting in Scotland.
I’ve seen these superb birds in the Outer Hebrides, the colourful female “spinning” to stir up insects from a pool, the more drab-coloured male presumably sitting on a nest nearby.
If the bird past Bardsey was from Scotland, I wonder where it’s going? Until recently, it was assumed that British phalaropes spent the winter in the Arabian Sea, alongside phalaropes that breed in Scandinavia, which... read more
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