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Monday, 4 April 2016

04th Apr 2016: Black-necked Grebe

Well what a day! There were three patch year ticks today with one very good patch bird and early strong contender for bird of the year.

John kicked off proceedings with the first Common Sandpiper of the year at the reservoir in the morning which stayed all day and there was also two Little Ringed Plovers in the evening.

Colin Wilkinson then came up with a real patch mega with a summer plumaged Black-necked Grebe on the Borrow Pit pool in the Upper Cherwell Valley (bird of the year?). It was associating with the Tufted Ducks there, seemed fairly settled and was seen by several people. It seemed fairly settled and I wonder if it will move on or if it may stay a day or two longer. Whilst people were watching that the first Wheatear of the year was seen and a Green Sandpiper, most likely the long staying wintering bird, were also seen.

My best 'record shots' of the grebe doesn't really do it justice. If anyone has any better ones I could post on here they would be very much appreciated.

Courtesy of JFT - best played in HD

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