Saturday, 13 June 2015
I wasn't very optimistic and it felt like I was going through the motions as I drove to Grindon Lough this morning. Last night's hope that the Red-necked Phalarope had just gone to roost had been slightly reinforced by a call from Paul D to say that he had left the bird showing well, just 5 mins before I'd got there last night. Arriving in light drizzle I scanned along the south shore and quickly picked up a small wader swimming in the shallows at the western end. A swift jog up the road and excellent scope views were had as it bobbed about picking insects from the surface and feeding along the muddy edge. After a prolonged period of preening it disappeared, not showing again over the next hour. Just a shame it was a bit far from the road for photos as it was a stunner.
The 2 Little Stint were still here, looking excellent in summer plumage and a couple of Cuckoo could be heard singing at Muckle Moss.