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.
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.
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.