While searching along the shoreline at Cairn Curran yesterday my eye was drawn to a ‘pair’ of tiny waders feeding together in the shallows. Closer inspection revealed them to be two entirely different species. The slightly larger bird is an uncommon resident – a female Red-capped Plover, the other a Red-necked Stint, possibly newly arrived on migration from the northern hemisphere.
Both birds happily fed together for 30 minutes while I watched, occasionally flying in tandem to a new feeding spot. It’s nice to see the first of the migratory waders back on the lake – this is a sure sign that there are warmer days just around the corner.