A Grey Phalarope, Phalaropus fulicarius, was settled and appeared to be feeding on microscopic organisms near the surface of the water every second. It swam around on the surface near the southern sluice gates of Brooklands Boating Lake, occasionally (once every five minutes) making a short flight lasting about five seconds to another part of the lake all within easy view of the handful of birdwatchers.
was a quite active and although it seemed unwary and unperturbed in the
vicinity of people, it was constantly on the move and it was not straightforward
to get a clear photograph in the poor light on an overcast day. After about
fifteen minutes it stopped feeding and began to preen.
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Another Grey Phalarope was seen and photographed at the western end of Widewater Lagoon, Lancing until early afternoon when it flew off.
Later two birds were seen and photographed together on Brooklands.
7 - 15 November 2004
A Grey Phalarope, Phalaropus fulicarius, visited Brooklands Boating Lake, east Worthing (on the Lancing border) and this wading bird was showing very well. It was in its white and grey winter plumage. It was a first winter bird.
Phalarope winters at sea over the eastern
coastal North Atlantic Ocean.
The Sussex Ornithological Society classifies this bird as a very scarce or rare autumn or winter visitor. It is usually found on the coast after a series of gales.
Sussex Ornithological Society Records
Adur Weather 2005
Adur Nature Notes (November 2005)