After a busy day at work managed to get over to Staines with the plan of finding some seabirds in light of the regional influx.
Found a Grey Phalarope on the North Basin and a juvenile Arctic Skua did a spectacular fly-by along the Causeway and headed off west . The Red-necked Phalarope (now closer and easy to id) was on the South Basin.
Also 14 Ruff, 1 Knot, 5 Curlew Sandpiper, 50+ Ringed Plover, 40+ Dunlin, 2 Greenshank, 2 Common Sandpiper were being hunted by the juvenile Merlin, a Peregrine and a Hobby.
So basically, bloody brilliant and a good gathering of London/Surrey birders there too enjoying a great evening. Love it when a plan comes together.
Juvenile Arctic Skua
First-winter Grey Phalarope
Juvenile Red-necked Phalarope
Didn't do too bad with the birding forecast this week? : HERE