3rd September 2022
Pett Level East Sussex
A day out & about on Saturday starting with distant but good scope views of the Red-necked Phalarope at Pett Level in East Sussex.
The Red-necked Phalarope remained at the back of the pool the whole time we were there , it's very small size was obvious as it swam behind the much larger Gadwall & Pochard.
Red-necked Phalarope alongside Gadwall & Pochard.
There was also 3 ♀ Pintail present and the Red-necked Phalarope spent alot of time swimming behind these feeding on the waters surface.
Dungeness : Galloways & Springfield Bridge
A look along the track at Galloways was rewarded with at least 7 Whinchats , there was also a good number of Common Whitethroats (20+) and 3 Willow Warblers were also seen.
From Galloways we headed to Springfield Bridge and the highlights there were : 7 Curlew Sandpipers, 1 Wood Sandpiper , 3+ Hobby, Cattle , Little & Great white Egret plus a single Glossy Ibis.
Juvenile Red-backed Shrike.
After leaving Dungeness the next destination was Sandwich Bay in the hope of seeing the recently found Red-backed Shrike .
We bumped into Bernie there who was already watching the Shrike !!
The Juv Red backed Shrike only had a very small stub of a tail but this didn't seem to hinder it at all, it was constantly catching Bee's and other than a missing tail looked in very good shape.
Red backed Shrike.
There have been lot's & lot's of Pied Flycatchers seen so far this autumn and i have managed to miss them all, however Andy .T. found a Pied Flycatcher in the Church yard at Swalecliffe so on the way home i finally connected with a really smart Pied Flycatcher !!
A Sunday morning visit to Nethercourt Park produced 2 Pied Flycatchers which were great to see, however i had no luck with Scott .H. Wood Warbler (thanks for the info Scott) although it was seen again in the afternoon, can't get them all .....