Sandoy

 

Red-necked Phalarope

Red-necked Phalarope

Today Rodmund and I checked Sandoy. We only had a few hours on the island so we had to check the island in a hurry and didn’t have time to look in all the lovely gardens on the island.

Shorebirds were present in good numbers. Dunlins, Common Ringed Plovers and Sanderlings were the most common.

Shorebirds

Shorebirds

But we also saw 3 Black-tailed Godwits and a single Greenshank.

Greenshank

Greenshank

Other birds included several Grey-lag and Barnacle Geese and two Brants, some Teal, Wigeons, Pintails, Shelducks and Tufted Ducks.

Red-necked Phalaropes

Red-necked Phalaropes

But the highlight were 12 Red-necked Phalaropes, that have returned to their breeding grounds on the island. Always an amazing bird to see – and very confiding at that.

Red-necked Phalaropes

Red-necked Phalaropes

Silas

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