25th September Cuckmere Haven
Grey Phalarope .
I headed off in the early hours of Friday morning the 25th September and my destination was Keyhaven marshes in Hampshire in the hope of seeing the Long Billed Dowitcher which would be a welcome year tick, however after just over 3 & half hours there was no sign so i decided to cut my loses and try and see the very showy Grey Phalarope at Cuckmere Haven in Sussex which was more or less on the way back home .
Well approx half an hour from Cuckmere news come in that the Long Billed Dowitcher had returned to Keyhaven , oh well you can't win them all !!!
Swimming towards us.
Needless to say i had terrific views of the Grey Phalarope which are cracking birds to watch , here are just a few of the photo's i took.
I watched this bird at close quarters for quite sometime , other birds of note were 2 Wheatears , 2 Kingfishers plus plenty of Hirundines.
26th September Conningbrook Country Park Ashford
I paid a visit to Conningbrook Country Park in Ashford yesterday morning to see the Pectoral Sandpiper that had been found the previous day by Neil on his locale patch (Great find Neil) , it was quite distant keeping to the back of the stubble field keeping company with two Ruff & several Lapwings.
Record shot of the Pectoral Sandpiper.