A few visits over the weekend and 1 today to my local Patch in South Derbyshire. It was really bitterly cold this morning, with a strong easterly wind and snow & ice still on the ground but not as bad as Sunday 18th March, when conditions were dreadful. I managed to find just a single Black-necked Grebe close in-shore and so took advantage and spent a good hour with the bird in very cold conditions, managing a few decent shots. I hope the bird lingers on long enough to see it in full summer plumage. Despite a great deal of searching, I couldn’t find the other bird. Over the past few days I’ve managed to find a few good birds including – a female Merlin (16th); several Raven, 2 Black-necked Grebe on 16th; adult Kittiwake (16th); 4 Shoveler (16th) Chiffchaff (16th) 2 Skylark (16th) 4 Meadow Pipit (18th); male Goldeneye (16th); 1st winter Caspian Gull (16th).
Black-necked Grebe – above 6 images – Tony Davison©
Robin – above 2 images – Tony Davison©
Yellowhammer – above 3 images – A cool looking bird in snow – Tony Davison©