It took 90 minutes to locate the Red-necked Phalarope this morning due to low cloud and poor light and not a bad present for The Hornets Nest who had joined us celebrating his 40th Birthday but again it was distant.
Bob and I were more interested in locating the Little Tern that had arrived after we had left yesterday adding it to our respective pond year lists when it flew past us before sitting on Y buoy with 2 of the 3 Black Terns present with two near by feeding first winter Little Gull.
I was chatting with Kath and Max on hensborough bank when my third Hobby of the morning took out a hirundines and though Max describes this photo as a crapograph I think he did well to react so quickly in the time given and the distance involved as it flew away. Earlier Bob and I had 2 juveniles over the country park.
Hobby with a morning snack by Max Silverman
Highlight of another look at the tern and phalarope in the afternoon was the early gathering of the roost which held at least 13 Yellow-legged Gulls (5a 8imm)
Other sightings today were – 4 Yellow Wagtail, Whitethroat, juv Shelduck, Wheatear, 3 Ringed Plover, Little Ringed Plover, Goosander, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, Great-spotted Woodpecker, a few Sand Martin, 2 Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff.