Gales finally yield a Grey Phalarope

4th December 2011 – overcast W4/5
The persistent westerly winds of recent days finally yielded a Grey Phalarope which appeared on the gate pool at South Walney Nature Reserve.
Early morning observations (0820-0920) were led by a drake Velvet Scoter amongst 27 Razorbill, 21 Kittiwake, 9 Common Scoter and single Red-throated Diver, Goldeneye and Guillemot.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock contained 120 pale-bellied and 10 dark-bellied birds.
A Raven tormented the Little Egret population.
Grey Phalarope