Lurking in the long vegetation, occasionally breaking cover on the other side of the cattle fence, the Grey Phalarope at Marshside was hardly the showiest of individuals.
Lovely to see any phalarope of course, but I guess we get spoiled with close views of these waifs.
Today’s bird was marginally closer than a seawatch bird but on a different planet to some of the ones that have called in in recent years – anyone expecting a repeat of the Crosby Coastal Park bird in 2018 today may have been disappointed.
I ‘scoped it for about 45 minutes at lunchtime, as it bobbed in and out of cover, but the bird never looked like coming closer to Nels – maybe it behaved better later?
Two Ravens sailing along the seawall south of the Sandplant, where at least four Goldcrest were zipping about the scrub as it was buffetted by the strong westerly – if the wind keeps up, Leach’s is a possibility further down the coast tomorrow.
Otherwise the marsh was egret-tastic, with plenty of waders and wildfowl up the Crossens end.