Scientific name: Tringa nebularia
Nature Stars: 50
About: A large, elegant sandpiper, about 32cm long. Adults are olivey grey above and silvery white below, with dark streaking on the breast. Greenshank have a long slightly upturned greyish bill and long grey-green legs. Greenshank feed in shallow, often chasing
How to identify: Told from the two similar sized redshanks by the colour of the legs. Smaller and more silvery coloured than godwits.
Where: A scarce visitor on migration and rare winter visitor to shallow wetlands inland and around the coast. Nests on the boggy 'flow country' of northern Scotland.
Fantastic fact: A second species of Greenshank, the endangered Noordmann's Greenshank breeds in eastern Russia and winters around China, Korea and south-east Asia.
Photograph credit: Photo credit tbc