The Pitsford Red-necked Grebe

Last week’s Red-necked Grebe, found by David Arden at Pitsford Reservoir on Wednesday 19th March, is the first in Northamptonshire since 22nd November 2008, when one paid a brief visit to Stanwick GP. An analysis of the last thirty years’ records reveals that, prior to that date, this species was an annual visitor to the County, with up to half a dozen records per year, including several instances of summering. So, after an absence of five and a half years, the Pitsford individual proved to be a bonus for local birders, as well as a number of out of county visitors who also travelled to see it.

Still present today but not yet in full summer plumage, it has remained relatively close to the dam during its stay, providing good views and exceptional photo opportunities for all comers.

Red-necked Grebe, Pitsford Res, 20th March 2014 (Bob Bullock)

Red-necked Grebe, Pitsford Res, 20th March 2014 (Bob Bullock)

Red-necked Grebe, Pitsford Res, 20th March 2014 (Bob Bullock)

Red-necked Grebe, Pitsford Res, 20th March 2014 (Bob Bullock)

Red-necked Grebe, Pitsford Res, 20th March 2014 (John Moon)

Red-necked Grebe, Pitsford Res, 20th March 2014 (John Moon)

Red-necked Grebe, Pitsford Res, 21st March 2014 (Clive Bowley)

Red-necked Grebe, Pitsford Res, 21st March 2014 (Clive Bowley)

Red-necked Grebe, Pitsford Res, 21st March 2014 (Clive Bowley)

Red-necked Grebe, Pitsford Res, 21st March 2014 (Clive Bowley)

Red-necked Grebe, Pitsford Res, 21st March 2014 (Dave Jackson)

Red-necked Grebe, Pitsford Res, 21st March 2014 (Dave Jackson)

Red-necked Grebe, Pitsford Res, 21st March 2014 (Dave Jackson)

Red-necked Grebe, Pitsford Res, 21st March 2014 (Dave Jackson)

 

Red-necked Grebe, Pitsford Res, 21st March 2014 (Mike Alibone)

Red-necked Grebe, Pitsford Res, 21st March 2014 (Mike Alibone)

      Red-necked Grebe, Pitsford Res, 21st March 2014 (Mike Alibone). Ensure the ‘cogwheel’ is clicked on and the resolution 720p selected to watch in higher quality HD.
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