The weather was really wet and lousy today so I decided to pop to Upton Warren and see the 2 Red-necked Phalaropes that were present. There had been 1 present for a few days but a 2nd bird had dropped in this morning and there are times (and weather conditions) when sitting in a hide is welcome.
On arriving at the 'Flashes' and a rather busy hide, I quickly picked up the 2 ♀ Red-necked Phalaropes. They are smart little birds but I'm afraid my 'record shot' photo doesn't do the birds justice. Whilst there I was also treated to cracking views of a Peregrine that flew through, putting everything up as it did
As I was leaving Upton the rain started to ease off so I decided to drive across to Grimley to see the Turnstone that had been reported there. During the 20 minute journey from Upton to Grimley the sun started to break through...it really does lift the spirits. I managed to get reasonable views of the Turnstone and the 7 Dunlin that were also present. All in all a good 'off patch day'...but I will have to put some time in there as the week draws on.
Red-necked Phalaropes - Upton Warren:
Dunlin - Grimley:
Turnstone - Grimley: