Thursday, 3 October 2019

Grey Phalarope - Stanpit Marsh - Christchurch Harbour - Dorset.

Grey Phalarope-Stanpit Marsh, Christchurch, Dorset-September 2019

News came out on Sunday that a Buff B had been found at Stanpit Marsh, Christchurch Harbour, Dorset, I was keen to go but having other commitments I hoped that the bird would hang around on site to the following day, having seen two Buff B's already this autumn, an adult and a juvenile both at Davidstow Airfield, North Cornwall each bird on a different occasion but I would still like to see one in Dorset. News also came out later on Sunday that the Buff B had departed flying high to the east and so the pressure was off but the presence of two Grey Phalaropes was enough for me to make plans for the following day.

Arrival on site was welcomed by a nice dawn sunrise which quickly turned in to an overcast morning, The Grey Phalarope was soon located on the marsh in front of the visitor centre but appeared to be nervous and flighty, quite often taking flight to other pool's on the marsh before flying beyond and behind the visitor centre. It took a while to locate the bird but it was picked up in flight with two Greenshank. It was on the pools behind the visitor centre where it settled and remained for several hours allowing constant viewing and relatively close views at times. 

It was nice to bump into Jeremy and we caught up with recent going-on's etc, birders & photographers came and went but we remained on site waiting for that usual "Grey Phalarope swim-by" which at around 11.30 happened with some cracking close views of this individual. By 12.30 the high tide had came in and flooded out the area making the Grey Phalarope more distant and so we decided to call it time

Dawn Sunrise -Stanpit Marsh, Christchurch, Dorset-September 2019

Grey Phalarope-Stanpit Marsh, Christchurch, Dorset-September 2019

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