Sunday, 29 July 2012

BLACK-NECKED GREBE out of the blue

Dave Bilcock (back in Tring after a long time away) very kindly texted me this morning to inform me of this very confiding BLACK-NECKED GREBE on Wilstone (cracking shots from Dave Hutchinson). The bird was favouring the north bank, mainly between the two outflows, and remained on view throughout the morning and early afternoon. Then the  heavens opened with torrential rain, thunder and lightning, and in an extensive search from 1600-1700 hours, I could find no sign of it anywhere.

Dave B had also had a NORTHERN WHEATEAR early on along the east bank whilst NUTHATCHES remain in a Bulbourne garden and at the back of Wilstone.

I also saw the eclipse drake Red-crested Pochard, a single Common Teal, 1 Common Sandpiper and 8 Common Terns whilst Lucy Flower noted the SPOTTED FLYCATCHERS.

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