Friday, 8 August 2014

Red-necked Grebe


A period of ringing along the old airstrip at Harrington Airfield today provided 43 captures.  This was made up of 12 Willow Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 4 Whitethroat, a Garden Warbler, a Dunnock, 6 Robin, a Wren, a Reed Bunting, 5 Yellowhammer, a Blue Tit, a Great Tit, 3 Blackbird and 3 Linnet.  Other birds noted on-site included Hobby and singles of Spotted Flycatcher and Redstart.  My apologies if this operation thwarted your birding plans at Harrington today.

Afterwards a visit to Pitsford Res immediately yielded a surprise with a summer plumage Red-necked Grebe displaying noisily to Great Crested Grebes on the reserve from the Maytrees Hide!  Two drake Red-crested Pochard and a Pintail were in the Walgrave Bay and a Goldeneye and a Snipe were in the Scaldwell Bay.  In total there were 5 adult Yellow-legged Gulls in residence and a juvenile Mediterranean Gull was again off the yacht club in inclement conditions this evening.


Neil M

Red-necked Grebe with
Great Crested Grebes
Pitsford Reservoir

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