The bird had been in the area for a few days. The Grey Phalarope is small wader approximately 20-22cm and spends most of it's time at sea. They breed in the northern tundra including Iceland. They occasionally turn up on our shores when they have been blown off course during storms. This particular individual could be observed feeding in the shallow water and mud on small invertebrates and also swimming in it's distinctive manner.
On the same day we were also treated to lovely views of a pair of kingfishers and various other regular birds including a heron, a little egret having a dispute with a cormorant and a small flock of wigeon on the river.