During a very recent camping holiday in the New Forest we made a visit to Keyhaven Marshes and spent a few hours wandering along the coastal path.
Numerous individuals were seen feeding and flying around the muddy margins at Keyhaven harbour.
One of two Northern Wheatear seen along the shoreline feeding up before continuing their southerly migration.
Little Egrets - Fishing and flying.
The inland pools produced sightings of various waders including Redshank, Greenshank, Dunlin, Black-tailed Godwit and a very brief visit by a Temminck's Stint but the most exciting sighting was of two juvenile Grey Phalarope.
[Juvenile - 1st Winter] Grey Phalarope (Phalaropus fulicaius)
This small wader, similar in size to a Dunlin, is listed in most guides as a Red Phalarope but commonly referred to as the Grey. Distinguished from its close relative, the Red-necked, by its slightly thicker bill and pale grey scapulars.