Monday, January 14, 2008

Red-necked and Slav Grebes.

Photo (Midland Bird Images).
Scarce winter visitors and passage migrants.
The Slavonian Grebe is a winter visitor to our sheltered coasts from northern and eastern Europe, it is the most maritime of our grebes with some visiting our region most years.
The Red-necked Grebe is also a winter visitor to Britian from eastern Europe, most remain in estuaries along the east and south coasts, but some penetrate inland and a few reach our larger reservoirs.Occurrences are most frequent when continental waters freeze over. Both these species have visited Draycote Water over the past week, with birds also in neighbouring counties of Staffordshire and Leicestershire.
Steve Seal.

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