May brings great weather, lots of wildlife and just about anywhere on the coast will give great views. For me however, the star of the month will be just passing through. Britain’s waders are on the whole interesting and wonderful to watch but they are not always what you would call colourful. Drab browns and grey are great for camouflage but at this time of year, impressing the opposite sex is their main aim and their plumage becomes much more colourful.
Stars of the Show
The best example of this is the Black Tailed Godwit, a wader with a long straight bill that in summer is dark brick red. These can be seen at places such as the Ythan Estuary or more easily at the Loch of Strathbeg, where the RSPB provides telescopes and volunteers to help you find the birds from the comfort of warm visitor centres. Whilst there is no guarantee for seeing the Godwits, the terns and gulls that breed just outside the centre will provide an interest for young and old.