Category Archives: Divers & Grebes

Black-throated Diver at Pitsford Reservoir

A 20th for Northamptonshire A stunning summer-plumaged Black-throated Diver was found by John Friendship-Taylor at Pitsford Reservoir during the closing hours of daylight yesterday evening (6th May). Visible from the feeding station area at the mouth of Scaldwell Bay, it … Continue reading

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Slavonian Grebes at Clifford Hill Gravel Pits

While undertaking a WeBS count on 26th November, Bob Bullock found two Slavonian Grebes on the main barrage lake a Clifford Hill GP. Remaining faithful to an area in the north-west corner of the lake, they were still present two … Continue reading

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Great Northern Diver

At Stanwick GP on 11th November and uncharacteristically short-staying. They are not annual but November is the peak month for arrivals in the county and this one’s a bit special on two counts. Firstly it’s a first for Stanwick, which appears never … Continue reading

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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’ … Continue reading

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Great Northern Diver location

I’ve had a few requests for precise location of the ‘Holly Tree’ mentioned in the Great Northern Diver reports. Here it is: 

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Portrait of a Diver: the Pitsford Great Northern

The juvenile Great Northern Diver, present at Pitsford Reservoir since 15th December, has been showing rather well, presenting superb photographic opportunities for visiting birders. Here are a few. … and some ropey video … Juvenile Great Northern Diver, Pitsford Res, … Continue reading

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Black-throated Diver at Stanford Reservoir

Late yesterday morning Mark Piper discovered a juvenile Black-throated Diver at the feeder stream end of Stanford Reservoir. It remained quite elusive, diving for long periods of time until it was flushed by a fisherman at 11.35 after which it … Continue reading

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