I went to the Farm at reasonable O’clock this morning and walked into an empty hide. Dodge, Frank and Mike were already on the mound ringing. Glen had wandered over to the enclosed lagoons in search of the Grey Phalarope.
The North Lake was littered with waterfowl but out of the corner of my eye I spied a small white bird on the water near the island to the right of the hide. A quick look through my binoculars gave conformation that the Grey Phalarope had moved from the lagoons and was moving slowly along the margins by this island. I put the news out and then took to my camera and then set up the heavy artillery (Digi-scope) which doesn’t get much use these days!
Throughout the morning there were several visitors to the Farm, all had fantastic views of this London / Surrey rarity. The two Bearded Reedling (3rd week at the Farm) were also very obliging showing well to the small group of birders. A Cetti’s Warbler and a Garganey were also present the latter was on the South Lake.
As the day progressed the Phalarope decided to take a small flight back to the lagoons but returned shortly afterwards and was last seen back on the North Lake in front of the hide! Will this bird stay another day? Gull pressure could be a deciding factor once the refuse tip starts up again tomorrow!
Not a bad days birding at all!