WILSON'S PHALAROPE Phalaropus tricolor

The least familiar of the three phalaropes in Europe, being restricted to the Americas, breeding further south and more tied to inland habitats. Not quite an annual visitor to Britain, it does occur in all plumages, breeding females, as this one, being reasonably represented in the records. Unlike the others it doesn't winter at sea, but it does have the phalarope habit of swimming and feeding from the water surface, and "spinning". Oddly it has the most southerly record of any wader (71 degrees south)- some overshoot!

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