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**28/04/2023** Green Woodpecker, 2 Avocet, 4 Dunlin, Little Ringed Plover, Redshank **27/04/2023** Dublin, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Mediterranean Gull, Wigeon, Ringed Plover, Hobby, House martins, **26/04/23** Read more...
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Black Necked Grebes usually arrive back early to mid-March. The majority of adults and larger juveniles leave in July with smaller juveniles staying to August
22nd Apr 2023 Min. 19 Black-necked Grebe counted
18th Apr 2023 14 to 16 grebes were counted on No.3 bed keeping a low profile with others likely in cover on nests.
06th Apr 2023 a count of 15 grebes was recorded from a watch of No.3 & 4 beds
01st Apr 2023 an influx of birds with 19 now present around the Reserve
30th Mar 2023 still 10 Black-necked Grebe present, 6 on No.3 bed and 4 on No.4 bed
25th Mar 2023 10 Black-necked Grebe reported, 6 on No.3 bed and 4 on No.4 bed
23rd Mar 2023 8 Black-necked Grebes counted on No.3 bed.
19th Mar 2023 count of 7 Black-necked Grebes this morning on No.3 bed.
17th Mar 2023 now 6 Black-necked Grebes present on No.3 bed.
15th Mar 2023 our second Black-necked Grebe arrival, 27 days after the first, both on No3 bed.
16th Feb 2023 one of our earliest arrival dates. A single summer plumaged bird.
21st Aug 2022 - a single Black-necked Grebe on No.3 bed looks to be our last record of the year
09th Aug 2022 - 2 Black-necked Grebe still on No3 bed
05th Aug 2022 -a single adult Black-necked Grebe in moult on No.4 bed
02nd Aug 2022- 4 Black-necked Grebe on No.4 bed
22nd Jul 2022 - 2 adult and 2 juvenile Black-necked Grebe on No.4 bed
16th Jul 2022 - 8 Black-necked Grebe, 2 adult 5 juvenile on No.4 bed, juvenile on No.3 bed
12th Jul 2022 - 9 Black-necked Grebe counted across the Reserve, 2 adults and 7 juvenile
09th Jul 2022 - at least, an adult Black-necked Grebe and 4 juveniles on No4 bed
05th Jul 2022 - 9 Black-necked Grebe across the Reserve, two parties of an adult with 4 and 3 juveniles
02nd Jul 2022 - 2 adults & 10 juveniles counted today as dispersal gathers pace
30th Jun 2022 - 4 adults and 11 juveniles counted.
28th Jun 2022 - 4 adult and 18 well grown juveniles counted today with the juveniles massing and joining together in low flights across the water in readiness for leaving.
25th Jun 2022 - A notable drop in Black-necked Grebe numbers today, in cooler conditions a count of 5 adult and 12 juveniles were recorded
21st Jun 2022 - 44 Black-necked Grebe counted, 15 adult and 29 juvenile, today
18th Jun 2022 - 54 Black-necked Grebe counted today, 28 adult and 26 juveniles also our 18th confirmed brood, that’s 39 young in total so far and 26 of these present today.
16th Jun 2022 - 51 Black-necked Grebe, 26 adult and 25 juvenile counted today
14th Jun 2022 - 38 Black-necked Grebe, 19 adults and 19 juveniles counted today plus signs of renewed adult display suggesting second breeding attempts.
11th Jun 2022 - the 17th brood of Black-necked Grebe confirmed. That’s 34 adult and 38 young this breeding season with 36 birds, 18 adults and 18 juveniles counted today
28th May 2022 - now 16 broods of Black-necked Grebe counted.
26th May 2022 - confirmed broods of Black-necked Grebe rose to 15 today with a minimum of 32 young counted
24th May 2022 - at least 12 broods of Black-necked Grebe observed Today
21st May 2022 - at least 7 pair of Black-necked Grebe now feeding young and other adults ‘guarding’ visible
17th May 2022 - at least 4 broods of Black-necked Grebe reported
16th May 2022 - looks like our first broods of Black-necked Grebe are out with two, possibly three, broods reported through the day
04th May 2022 - Plenty of Black-necked Grebe visible in open water and in cleared rides through the reedbed, just waiting for sighting of the first brood anytime now?
26th Apr 2022 - up to 21 Black-necked Grebe have been seen in open water yesterday and today and quite a few more would be hidden in the vegetation at this time
14th Apr 2022 - overnight influx of Black-necked Grebe, a morning count produced at least 29 individuals, with hopefully some females staying in cover
02nd Apr 2022 - our highest count of the spring with 28 Black-necked Grebe, 18 on No3 bed and 10 on No,4 bed
31st Mar 2022 - Black-necked Grebe count of 23 split between No3 bed (13) and No4 bed (10)
26th Mar 2022 - 25 Black-necked Grebe, 14 No4 bed, 11 No3 bed.
24th Mar 2022 - count now 21 individuals, 14 on No4 Bed & 7 on No3 bed
22nd Mar 2022 - a count today recorded 18 Black-necked Grebe across No3 & 4 beds
19th Mar 2022 - 9 Black-necked Grebe on No4 bed, only 3 reported from No3 bed
17th Mar 2022 - 4 Black-necked Grebe on No4 bed and at least 9 on No3 bed
13th Mar 2022 - 5 Grebe on No4 bed and 4 on No3 bed
10th Mar 2022 - The 5 Grebe remain split on No4 & No3 bed but two other individuals have been identified but not relocated
8th Mar 2022 - No new grebes have been reported but the 5 or 6 sighted remain split between No3 & 4 beds.
05 Mar 2022 - Our first returning Black Necked Grebes have arrived today. Three birds are on No3 bed and three on No4 bed.
09 Sep 2021 - Adult Black Necked Grebe still present on No4 bed. This is the latest staying bird since one on 14th October 2007 which was an injured bird.
03 Sep 2021 - Adult Black Necked Grebe still on No4 bed body moult almost complete but still has yellow ear coverts
30 Aug 2021 - Adult Black Necked Grebe No4 bed in moult to winter plumage
24 Aug 2021 - Black Necked Grebe No4 bed
12 Aug 2021 - Juvenile Black Necked Grebe No3 bed
08 Aug 2021 - Juvenile Black Necked Grebe
07 Aug 2021 - 3 juvenile Black Necked Grebe, one exercising in low flights
05 Aug 2021 - Adult Black Necked Grebe
04 Aug 2021 - 2 juvenile Black Necked Grebe
31 Jul 2021 - Juvenile Black Necked Grebe on No4 bed
25 Jul 2021 - Adult & 2 full grown juveniles
22 Jul 2021 - A few adults and 4 fully grown juveniles present
15 Jul 2021 - Full grown juveniles flight testing + juvenile located at Budworth Mere
10 Jul 2021 - 26 Black Necked Grebe, 10 adult & 16 juvenile
13 Jun 2021 - 12 Black Necked Grebe young No3 bed
05 Jun 2021 - 27 Black Necked Grebe, 15 adult and 10-12 young
03 Jun 2021 - Black-necked Grebe count, 22 adults and 12 to 14 young
22 May 2021 - 7 possibly 8 broods recorded
13 May 2021 - 4th brood Black Necked Grebe No3 bed
09 May 2021 - 3rd brood reported from Rotary Hide, still two broods from Tower Hide
06 May 2021 - one, possibly 2 broods of Black Necked Grebe reported
17 Apr 2021 - 26 Black Necked Grebe counted on No3 bed
13 Apr 2021 - Black Necked Grebe count now up to 23
08 Apr 2021 - Count of Grebes has risen to 21 on No3 bed
04 Apr 2021 - 20 Black Necked Grebes on No3 bed
02 Apr 2021 - 19 Black Necked Grebe confirmed on No3 bed
27 Mar 2021 - 15 Black Necked Grebe counted on No3 bed
23 Mar 2021 - 11 Black Necked Grebes confirmed
20 Mar 2021 - 9 Black Necked Grebes now confirmed
08 Mar 2021 - 6 Black Necked Grebes across the Reserve
04 Mar 2021 - 3 Black Necked Grebe arrived on No3 bed # #