Wednesday 14th September 2011 - Holt & Grimley

I decided again to go off patch today and pop to Sling Pool at Holt to see the juvenile Grey Phalarope that was discovered there yesterday.  There are some birds that I like to see, if I get the chance, when one turns up locally and this is one of those said birds.

I arrived at Sling pool and walked the field edge, as agreed by kind permission of the land owner, to obtain good views of the Grey Phalarope as it was doing its constantly turning and feeding motion in the water.  I know that this bird is fairly obliging but I'm a great believer in not getting to close to a bird and potentially putting it up.  So I guess my photos won't be as good as some you will see of the said bird, but the views were still great.

From Sling Pool I headed over to the sailing pool at Top Barn where a juvenile Arctic Tern and a bus load of school kids were present.

I headed over to Grimley next and found 4 Wheatear on the bare sandy soil on the NE side of Camp Lane pits.  2 Little Egrets were also present at the North End.

My final stop was Wagon Wheel Lane Pits.  Here I was treated to cracking views of a Hobby that was hawking the field next to the pools. The only other birds of note were 2 Green Sandpipers.

All in all another enjoyable day out...I wonder what I missed at Shenstone?

Grey Phalarope

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  1. Nice one, Jason. I`ve only ever seen 3 Grey Phals. Two at sea & one not too far away from home. Smart birds, they are.

  2. I totally agree Dean. This was my fith, but they are a species that I never tire of seeing

  3. Brilliant piece of work, I haven't seen one, YET.