Red-necked Phalarope

What a great day to be walking on the foreshore,  blue skies and sunshine.  Red-necked phalarope - breeding plumage

Spotted a peregrine and a red-necked phalarope, Phalaropus lobatus, just south of Staithes harbour.  It looked like the phalarope was walking in one of the tidal pools but it was in fact swimming.  Phalaropes have lobed toes, which sets it apart from other wader birds, these ‘toes’ enable phalaropes to swim in pools and out at sea.

Very unusual to see these birds here…   must ask Martin of birdingfrontiers.com

or Richard of Yorkshire Coast Nature about this sighting….

 

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