Another Phalarope

7th October 2008, Tuesday

The bird of the day was a first-winter Red-necked Phalarope which spent an hour or so in the early afternoon flying between various patches of floating weed just offshore. This, perhaps surprisingly, appears to be the first Observatory record although there have been at least 12 records for the greater Dungeness recording area. The sea also produced a steady, if slow, trickle of birds including 176 Common Scoters, a Black-throated Diver, a Balearic Shearwater, a Manx Shearwater, a Shag, 19 Ringed Plovers, 14 Arctic Skuas, three Great Skuas and 70 Sandwich Terns. Two Mediterranean Gulls and seven Little Gulls were also feeding offshore.There was also a steady movement of birds overhead during the morning with 870 Swallows, 125 House Martins, three Rock Pipits and 300 Goldfinches but it was very quiet in the bushes. From DBO website