The Grey Phalarope

On a extremely windy Sunday at Farmoor Reservoir we went down to see the Grey Phalarope which appeared on F2 a week ago. The Grey Phalarope is a artic breeding wader which spends most of its time out at sea occasionally they are spotted on the English coast and even rarer inland.  Overall there are only around two hundred spotted a year in the UK.

Grey Phalarope

Grey Phalarope

Grey phalarope

The bird was situated near the Causeway, right next to where the windsurfers were struggling to launch in the wind. The Grey Phalarope was much smaller than I had imagined and was a soft grey in colour. It was coping much better with the windy conditions than the windsufers. On the Causeway we chatted to some birders who had travelled down especially to see the bird.

windy Farmoor

The wind racing across the water made it quite difficult for us to stand up, therefore most of the normal birds were sheltering in the top corner. We couldn’t find the Red Necked Grebe that has been around for a while but instead watched the Little Grebe successfully fishing.

Little Grebe


About Alex White - Appletonwild

This is my diary of the wildlife where I live in Oxfordshire, and sometimes the places I visit. My passion is for British wildlife, especially Badgers and Hares. I am a keen amateur photographer using a Canon SX60 HS. All the photographs on this blog are taken by myself unless stated otherwise. I am a member of A Focus on Nature, the network for Young Nature Conservationists, BBOWT, The Oxon Mammal group and The Oxfordshire badger Group. You can also follow me on Twitter @Appletonwild Instagram appletonwild
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2 Responses to The Grey Phalarope

  1. They are crazy little birds to watch feeding as they swim in tiny circles aren’t they 🙂


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