Sunday, January 13, 2008

Local birding: Slav Grebe, Nordic Jackdaw & Iceland/Glaucous Gull - 13th Jan 2008.

News broke mid-morning of a Slavonian Grebe, a major east lancashire rarity, at Barrow lower Lodge adj to the A59, south of Clitheroe.
Whilst en-route, John Wright and I noticed a flock of c30 Jackdaw feeding on Pleckgate School Playing Fields, Blackburn, SD681303, which we felt compelled to check for the presence of any possible Nordic Jackdaw. The shock result in the dull light conditions was that virtually all the Jackdaw present showed traces of a half collar, the bird below being the most well marked of the flock.

At Barrow Lodge, the Slavonian Grebe put on a virtuoso performance for the inevitable gathering of many local birders, showing to within feet of the bank at times allowing good photos and simply stunning scope views.

Above: Margaret Breaks eagerly 'snaps' away at the Slav.

What a great bird......its been a long time coming!
The day ended on a frustrating note at the Fishmoor Reservoir roost, where in near darkness at 16:40 I briefly saw an adult Iceland/Glaucous Gull on the factory roof which evaded positive ID.