Sunday, 10 May 2009

Local birding: Red-necked Grebe, Brockholes Wetland LWT - 10th May 2009.

Hot on the heels of the Avocets, this stunning summer plumaged Red-necked Grebe becomes the second new species to be recorded at the site in the past three weeks. Found by Allen Holmes on No1 Pit mid-morning, the RNG was much appreciated by a steady stream of admirers during the course of the day.

For info, total records of the scarcer Grebes at the site in the period Aug 1998-May 2009 as follows:

Black-necked Grebe: 4 records totalling 5 individuals.

1) Juvenile on the Main Pool from 22nd-26th July 2001.

2) Adult on No1 Pit from 15th-23rd Sept 2006.

3) A pair of summer plumaged adults on the Main Pool on 6th May 2007.

4) Juvenile on No1 Pit from 7th-9th July 2008.

Red-necked Grebe:

1) Summer plumaged bird on No1 Pit, 10th May 2009.


Now bring on the first Slav Grebe for the site................