Phalaropes reverse the usual sex roles in birds: Females are larger and more colorful than males; females take the lead in courtship, and males are left to incubate the eggs and care for the young. Age of young at first flight and age at independence unknown. My own past records here are Pectoral Sandpiper (Aug 1997), Semipalmated Sandpiper (Sep 2013) and Long-billed Dowitcher (Sep 2016 – see here). Choose a temperature scenario below to see which threats will affect this species as warming increases. Our email newsletter shares the latest programs and initiatives. Nest site is usually on ground near water, sometimes a couple of inches above ground in marsh plants. Read More Inspire your inbox â Sign up for daily fun facts about this day in history, updates, and special offers. I sat at my desk and completed some urgent work, the rest can wait till later and I headed back down to Pennington. Phalaropes are truly wonders of the avian world. Wilsonâs Phalarope by Gordon Small â Oct 9th, Pennington Marshes. Wilsonâs phalarope (P. tricolor) breeds primarily in interior western North America and migrates chiefly to the Argentine pampas. Photo: Jason Crotty/Flickr (CC BY 2.0). Age of young at first flight and age at independence unknown. Once it had moved through the fence and onto the water the WP proceeded to put on quite a show as apparently it had been doing all morning. Females are rich peachy and gray, and are more colorful than the males. This image is currently not in any albums. Wilson's Phalarope is an odd shorebird that swims and spins on prairie marshes. Visit your local Audubon center, join a chapter, or help save birds with your state program. Type in your search and hit Enter on desktop or hit Go on mobile device. Being told by some people around me that the WP favoured this spot and would keep coming back, I elected to stay there and wait rather than chase it up and down the lagoon. Wilson’s Phalarope is an annual vagrant to the British Isles, with most records being of juvenile birds such as this one in autumn. Male tends young and broods them while they are small, but young find all their own food. The bird then found at Pennington Marshes in Hampshire a week later was probably the same bird relocating southwards. Illustration © David Allen Sibley. This area of the 1200 hectare Lymington & Keyhaven Marshes LNR, administered by Hampshire County Council and the Hants and IoW Wildlife Trust (see here), regularly attracts scarcer passage waders. Wilson's Phalarope is an odd shorebird that swims and spins on prairie marshes. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. On reaching home, I checked my phone and to my shock the top message was 'Wilson's Phalarope showing well at west end of Fishtail Lagoon', reported at 11:15 I must have walked right past this bird at around 10:15. It was feeding furiously at the back end of the scrape where there were a number of birds present including a Little Stint. Let us send you the latest in bird and conservation news. Date Species Site Count Observer; 20/10/20: WILSON'S PHALAROPE: Keyhaven: 1: H E ... Then returned to continue feeding amongst reeds. In breeding plumage, both sexes have dark lines extending from their eyes down the neck. Audubon is working to identify, protect, and restore priority habitats in the Colorado River basin and around intermountain saline lakes. Winters mostly on salty lakes in highlands of South America, and may travel there in long nonstop flight from staging areas on lakes in western North America. How Bird-Friendly Are Your Holiday Decorations? Downy young leave nest within a day after hatching. Photo: Howard Arndt/Audubon Photography Awards, Great Egret. Mostly aquatic insects and crustaceans. Cue the unusual study below. They are passage migrants through Central America around March/April and again during September/October. Text © Kenn Kaufman, adapted from Wilson's phalarope is a subtly-patterned wader identifiable by its small head, long legs and black, needle-like bill. Spread the word. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. It’s the least you can do. Also eats shrimp, copepods, seeds of marsh plants. More from Mike Trew. A small crowd of possibly 20 observers was pointed out in the distance, but on my arrival they were dispersing as apparently my quest had flown. Wilson's Phalarope Recent sightings of Wilson's Phalarope. Wilson's Phalarope : first-winter: Taken: Yesterday : Pennington Marshes (Hampshire) Date Added: Today : Photo: Jim Hutchins: Photographer's: RBA gallery : Back to Gallery Index Next I had expected to see it swirling round on the water and Dave said it had done so earlier. We hope that visitors to Hampshire will also find it useful. When I got back there was the Wilson’s Phalarope just inside the wire fence at the water’s edge, but it at once took off again to land on a muddy spit further out. Wilson's Phalarope : Taken: Today : Pennington Marshes (Hampshire) Date Added: Today : Showed well until flushed by Sparrowhawk : Photo: Ted Smith: Photographer's: RBA gallery : Back to Gallery Index Previous Next I remembered the location from previous visits here but still checked with birders walking the other way to be sure. The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow, throughout the Americas using science, advocacy, education, and on-the-ground conservation. Audubon protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow. While all this was going on I received news of the huge dawn twitch that had taken place just within Cambridgeshire where the Lammergeier had catered for a further county’s listers by roosting overnight at a farm beside an open road. Or take action immediately with one of our current campaigns below: The Audubon Bird Guide is a free and complete field guide to more than 800 species of North American birds, right in your pocket. So instead of spending another day combing a corner of Kent for something out of the ordinary Barry Wright, James Hunter and I headed to Hampshire to twitch the Wilson's Phalarope. It's been a fairly normal autumn's birding to date in Kent; lots of effort expended with little to show for it. ( Log Out / Wilson's phalarope is about nine inches in length. Two weeks ago a Wilson's Phalarope had been found at the WWT reserve of Martin Mere in Lancashire and we had made plans to go and see that but, after staying for a few days, it predictably disappeared just before the weekend. During breeding season, the female has a dark gray back and brown and black wings. Migrates in flocks. The morning started with a beautiful low lying mist but in the sunny conditions this soon burnt off. Phalaropes reverse the usual sex roles in birds: Females are larger and more colorful than males; females take the lead in courtship, and males are left to incubate the eggs and care for the young. Eventually it was called approaching again, then one of my companions said it was moving through the long vegetation on our side of the fence. The other two species of phalaropes nest in the Arctic and winter at sea, but Wilson's is a bird of inland waters, nesting mostly on the northern Great Plains. Two weeks ago a Wilson's Phalarope had been found at the WWT reserve of Martin Mere in Lancashire and we had made plans to go and see that but, after staying for a few days, it predictably disappeared just before the weekend. Male may try to lure predators away from nest or young by performing broken-wing act. Unlike other drying lakes, Utah has the opportunity to change course and avoid those costs. Part of Pennington Marsh Walking across the marsh along the coastal path we saw several species, Brent Geese, Shelduck, Curlew, Redshank, Wigeon, Teal, Shoveler and Pintail were some of the first sightings. The Wilsonâs Phalarope had been frequenting Fishtail Lagoon in the company of two Grey Phalaropes. This feature is not available right now. ( Log Out / Eats a variety of flies and their larvae, beetles, true bugs, and other insects, mainly aquatic species. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Male may try to lure predators away from nest or young by performing broken-wing act. The bird returned around 90 minutes later and was reported again in the same location through several more days. Are the Trump Administration's Environmental Rollbacks Built to Last? According to RBA the Phalarope was frequenting the south-eastern end of Fishtail Lagoon, one of the several saline water bodies that lie behind the sea wall. It has a long, pointed black bill and long black legs. Two Grey Phalarope were also present in the period covered by this post, but I didn’t see them myself. Photo: Dick Dickinson/Audubon Photography Awards, Breeding adult male. Iâve been birding in Pennington Marshes many times before, itâs very âbirdieâ and has pulled in a number of national rarities in the past. In breeding plumage, the female has a striking broad black stripe running from the base of the bill, through the eye and down the neck, and chestnut-reddish markings on the neck, breast and back. We protect birds and the places they need. There they spin round and round in the nutrient-rich waters, creating whirlpools that stir up invertebrates that will fuel their migration to South America. Sometimes stands still and catches flying insects; rarely pursues insects in the air. Forages mostly while swimming (but does more walking on shore than other phalaropes). The behaviour of this largest and longest billed of the Phalaropes is very different from its more common Red-necked and Grey cousins. There I watched it partially obscured for some minutes before it flew off again. Zoom in to see how this species’s current range will shift, expand, and contract under increased global temperatures. In Somerset, Stert Island's Kentish Plover was last noted on 26th, while the juvenile Pacific Golden Plover â¦ Wilson's Phalarope by Neil Hilton 134 19 Keyhaven, Hampshire. Pennington Marsh and Grey Phalarope on Hayling Island - 17th September In a chilly north-easterly wind I was once again at Pennington Marsh. Go to Species Guide. From the car park we had a mile or so to walk to an area on Peninngton Marsh where an American wader, a WILSONâS PHALAROPE, had taken up temporary residence. National Audubon Society The Wilson's Phalarope was in the close company of two Green Sandpipers on the far shore at the southern end of the main pool. Also like the other phalaropes, sex roles are somewhat reversed. Typical nest is shallow depression with slight lining of grass. Audubon’s scientists have used 140 million bird observations and sophisticated climate models to project how climate change will affect this bird’s range in the future. More images of Wilson's Phalarope. HOS Membership Distinguishing characteristics of Wilsonâs phalarope include a very thin, straight bill; gray wings; poorly defined facial markings in nonbreeding plumage; and a pronounced white rump. On Friday morning news broke of a Wilson's Phalarope on Fishtail Lagoon at Pennington. Slide # GWB_20160521_1028.CR2 . These 5 Threatened Places Could Be Spared Under Biden, Top Wins for Birds 2020: State Efforts to Address Climate Change. A female Wilson's Phalarope (Phalaropus tricolor) wades the shallow brine waters in search of food on Chaplin Lake east of Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Canada. Female is brighter; paler crown and greyer upperparts. I arrived on site at Pennington Marsh just before midday, using the small parking area at the end of Lower Pennington Lane from Lymington SO41 8FU (SZ318927). As you can see from the above photo's the bird showed well and were my best views i have had of this species , the Wilson's Phalarope was busy feeding the whole time and where as both Grey & Red necked phalarope's spin around in quite tight circles to stir up their food to pick of the water the Wilson's Phalarope tended to just keep swimming from side to side to feed. 4, sometimes 3. This web site is for members and potential members of HOS. Park sensibly at the end of Lower Pennington Lane then walk towards the sea wall. RED-NECKED PHALAROPE at Keyhaven Lagoon A juvenile RED-NECKED PHALAROPE remains for a third day at Keyhaven Marshes, showing very well on the lagoons. Saline lakes and their associated wetlands throughout Intermountain West create a network of critical habitat that millions of birds depend on for breeding, resting and feeding during migration, and wintering. Nests mostly at shallow fresh-water marshes in open country. I myself have participated in enough such events over the years but it is not a scenario I especially enjoy. Hampshire Bird Report 2019. Spring migration in North America is mostly through Great Plains. I had seen two previously at Staines Reservoir, Surrey in 1997 and Vange Marsh, Essex in September 2015 (see here). Huge numbers may gather in fall on some salty lakes in the west, such as Mono Lake and Great Salt Lake, before migrating to South America. But those sightings had both been distant so the attraction now was the exceptionally close views the Hants bird was said to be offering, and hopefully the opportunity to take my first pictures of the species (below). Incubation is by male only, 18-27 days, usually about 23 days. Wilson's Phalarope. Buff, blotched with brown. Picks up small items from surface of water, sometimes probes in soft mud. Why we should act at Great Salt Lake before it's too late. As you can see from the above photo's the bird showed well and were my best views i have had of this species , the Wilson's Phalarope was busy feeding the whole time and where as both Grey & Red necked phalarope's spin around in quite tight circles to stir up their food to pick of the water the Wilson's Phalarope tended to just keep swimming from side to side to feed. Young: Downy young leave nest within a day after hatching. Just published. Today’s bird demonstrated all this to good effect as I watched it on and off for more than an hour, sometimes down to less than 10 metres. Meet our team. Shallow prairie lakes, fresh marshes, mudflats; in migration, also salt marshes. Every year in late summer, migrating Wilson's Phalaropes put on an amazing show as enormous flocks amass on salty lakes of the West. Lives of North American Birds. At 14:00 pm the Phalarope suddenly flew high then departed south towards the Isle of Wight, so I decided to head home feeling more than pleased with the day’s outcome. 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So I drove to Vange Marsh RSPB, and in the rain, the Wilson's Phalarope was showing well albeit distantly in the rain. The Hampshire Ornithological Society (HOS) records and publishes information about wild birds in the county of Hampshire, England. Female may take the lead in choosing nest site, but male finishes nest. Feeds on crane flies and brine shrimp. A restlessness had settled on my spirit after a day on the road on Thursday, and this shorter distance twitch (87 miles) would fill the day ahead quite nicely. The Wilson's was close to the edge but a lot deeper into the water than the Green Sandpipers. Overwhelmed and Understaffed, Our National Wildlife Refuges Need Help. 19/10/20: WILSON'S PHALAROPE: Fishtail Lagoon, Pennington: 1: K Churcher: 11:00: in very close you could have touched it. Has lost many nesting areas owing to draining of prairie marshes, but still numerous. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Spoonbill Pennington Feb 2016: Long-tailed Duck Pennington Feb 2016: ... Wilson's Phalarope, Farlington, Hampshire: Blackpoll Warbler, St Mary's, Isles of Scilly: ... Grey Phalarope, Pennington 3 Oct 1998: 1997. In IRELAND, a very late first-winter WILSON'S PHALAROPE was discovered yesterday feeding on the grassy spit between the hide and the car park at Inch Island Lake, Lough Swilly ... still at Pennington Marshes (Hants) and one by the entrance track at Dungeness (Kent). They feed like many phalaropes, spinning in circles on the water to bring food items to the surface. We opted for 6:30, just under an hour before sun rise. She has a gray head, white cheeks, and a black stripe that runs across her eyes to her bill. Protection of staging areas for migrants (such as Mono Lake, California) is important for survival. The same climate change-driven threats that put birds at risk will affect other wildlife and people, too. Females compete for males; one female may mate with more than one male during the season, leaving each of her mates to care for a set of eggs. I felt glad to have done these two twitches of my own in the order that I did. Membership benefits include one year of Audubon magazine and the latest on birds and their habitats. Look For Wilsonâs phalarope, a member of the sandpiper family, is the largest of the three phalarope species. Can This Critically Endangered Bird Survive Australia's New Climate Reality? Please try again later. Winters mostly on salty lakes in South America. Wilson's Phalarope. During autumn and winter on salty lakes, may feed mostly on brine shrimp and brine flies. Wilson's Phalarope: This medium-sized sandpiper has grey-brown upperparts, red-brown streaks on back and shoulders, red-brown markings on white underparts, grey crown, white face, black eye-line, a black needle-like bill, grey wings and a white tail and rump. A Wilsonâs Phalarope at Pennington Marsh, Hants â 10th Oct.
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