Along the way, we popped into the two hides en route. There wasn't too much about. The first hide did have a few little egrets and a little grebe, while the second had several spotted redshanks and a few dunlin, but no red-necked phalarope.
|Another Spotted Redshank|
|A crowd of twitchers waiting for the Barred Warbler|
Distant it may be, we could still see what it was doing and just make out what it looked like. Surprise, surprise, it was another juvenile bird. This tiny wader is grey and white at the moment, like all phalaropes of its kind as they develope their winter plumage. These birds breed further north in the Arctic Circle (with some breeding on the Shetland Isles), where it is the female who has the looks and the male who does all the work looking after the eggs and chicks. They are only stopping by here as they fuel up on an epic journey that takes them over the Atlantic, through North America and to Peru. An incredible fact that has only recently been discovered. This amazing bird has an interesting feeding method, which I witness with this individual, as it spins in circles. We also spot a common sandpiper and black-tailed godwits, which were a lot closer to see than the phalarope.
|Parasol (I think)|