The most common wading bird in England is the Grey Heron with its long lanky legs and long neck. It is one of the few wading birds that will visit gardens to take Goldfish out of garden ponds. The Grey Heron also has a similarity to the Golden Eagle and the Kestrel because it is a bird of prey just like them. It is also mentioned in the ‘Fish Eating Birds’ section because it mainly eats fish.
The Oystercatcher is also a wading bird that can be found on rocky beaches. It has a long, red pointed beak which can open mussel and cockles. It is the only bird that can open mussels and cockles with its beak. The Ringed Plover has a short orange beak and can also be found on beaches. Ringed Plovers can look quite comical sometimes when they quickly run along the beach looking for food,.
In this website, we have written about the Grey Heron, Oystercatcher and the Ringed Plover and we will be writing about the Lapwing and Redshank soon. All of them have their own preferred habitats: some like beaches or wet grasslands, some prefer to live near lakes and others like to breed on farmlands. We hope you enjoy finding out more about these wonderful wading birds.