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Sunday, 16 November 2008

Inland Divers and Grebes

Juvenile Great Northern Diver and Red-necked Grebe photographed at Draycote Water, Warwickshire, in November 2008 (Bob Duckhouse)

An adult drake LONG-TAILED DUCK was again present in the SW corner of Ibsley Water, Blashford Lakes HWT (Hants), with the juvenile still north of the causeway at Blithfield Reservoir (Staffs) Three GREAT NORTHERN DIVERS are now on Draycote Water (Warks), with the RED-NECKED GREBE still there (see images above), with 3 more on Carsington Water (Derbyshire), where also 7 Common Scoters remain. Two further juvenile GREAT NORTHERN DIVERS are on freshwater on the Long Pits at Rye Harbour NR (East Sussex), with the very confiding juvenile still on West Kirby Marine Lake (Cheshire). Grafham Water (Cambs) also retains its juvenile GREAT NORTHERN DIVER (off Marlow Car Park), its RED-NECKED GREBE (off the Lagoons) and juvenile Common Scoter (off Mander Car Park), whilst Bedfordshire today yielded the long-staying juvenile Red-breasted Merganser on Grovebury Quarry, Leighton Buzzard, with another with two Greater Scaup at Coronation Pit. Rutland Water (Leics) has GREAT NORTHERN DIVER (in Whitwell Creek), BLACK-THROATED DIVER (off Dam) and SLAVONIAN GREBE (from Gadwall Hide).