An enjoyable visit yesterday afternoon to see the Grey Phalarope was successful despite the atrocious weather walking back to the car at Chambers Wall. Arriving at 3.45 p.m. Mike Gould was directly behind me and we walked down soon to be joined by Steve Ashton and Mark Chidwick. We all enjoyed close views of the bird who was obviously very tired. At times it was harried by the resident gulls but it seemed quite settled. Walking back we were all caught in a tremendous downpour. This morning before subjecting myself to the embarrassment of England's performance in the World Cup, I enjoyed the company of Mark, Martyn and Adam at Grove spending time talking and looking at a fairly empty main pool and an even emptier Green Hide. A few Marsh Harriers some Snipe and that's about it.