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Old Wednesday 20th March 2019, 12:06   #876
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Photos show bird to be a Black-necked Grebe
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Old Saturday 23rd March 2019, 20:00   #877
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Grafham Water 23 March; five Black-necked Grebes this morning off the dam. Finally managed to catch all five close together reasonably near to the dam. Some nice display between two on several occasions. https://www.flickr.com/photos/167699...7705544150001/
Also a pair of Garganey adding to the excitement of the day.
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Old Sunday 24th March 2019, 20:26   #878
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Grafham Water 24 March: the 5 Black-necked Grebes still off the dam and the pair of Garganey off Plummer Carpark. The regular Immature Caspian Gull in Valley Creek daytime gull roost from the hide at mid day.
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Old Sunday 31st March 2019, 11:37   #879
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Grafham Water 31 Mar am; approx 150 Sand Martins and 20 Swallows; plus the regular Caspian Gull moving about.
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Old Sunday 7th April 2019, 20:36   #880
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Grafham Water 6/7 April: at least 8 Yellow Wagtails on the Dam
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Old Monday 8th April 2019, 10:24   #881
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Highlight for me over weekend was c.40 Brambling scattered around the reservoir (Grafham) on Sunday - clearly a gathering/grounding of north-bound migrants - some cracking males, including a number singing in lagoons and near Valley creek, with others passing over-head too. Easily my highest ever count around the reservoir.

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Cetti's and couple of Sedge Warbler in lagoons, but very quiet on the reservoir itself.
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Old Tuesday 9th April 2019, 20:49   #882
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Grafham Water 9 April evening; at least 17 Little Gulls off the north shore and an Arctic Tern
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Grafham Water 11 Apr evening; at least 30 Little Gulls close in to Dudney Point and a couple of Common Terns. Bramblings calling at Valley Creek still. Some slow motion video of Little Gulls at dusk:
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Old Saturday 13th April 2019, 16:35   #884
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Grafham Water 13 April; still around 15 Little Gulls ; for the photographers; some experimental photography off Dudney Point in good light shows what is achievable with hand held camera with 800mm. https://www.flickr.com/photos/167699...7705544150001/
Regular (?) Caspian Gull still around still....
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Grafham Water 14 April; Caspian Gull update on previous video clips ; still just as ugly !https://www.flickr.com/photos/167699...7705544150001/
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At least 10 Little Gulls today but always distant; Grey Plover early morning heard only over the dam.
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Old Monday 15th April 2019, 10:45   #886
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Matthew, after you left yesterday, I had another 2nd cal-yr Caspian Gull just in-front of Marlow car park.

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Grafham water 22 Apr; at least 30 Little Gulls early morning before departing. Bar-tailed Godwit over the dam and the regular Caspian Gull still present now restricted to buoys mostly as the water is back to normal.

Great Stukeley Nightingale singing well this evening in same location as last year. Also a Curlew on the airfield calling.

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Grafham Water 24 April evening ; the regular 1st year Caspian Gull still present at west end , plus 2 Common Sandpipers on the harbour boom.
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Grafham Water 28 April am; a very smart Turnstone on the dam plus the two Caspian Gulls chasing each other around; little else to do I guess.
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Grafham water 8 May evening; around 40 Black Terns until 18:45.
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Grafham water 12 May am; the regular 1yr Caspian Gull still present commuting to the valley then back to the inaccessible west shore roosting point. Been several weeks since updating the photo sequence begun last September. Keen to see any close ups if anyone lucky to catch up with it....
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Grafham Water 17 May evening; too late for the phalarope but caught up with the Caspian Gull on the dam; presume the same long stayer as it let me approach very close.....https://www.flickr.com/photos/167699...7705544150001/
Also 5 Sanderling in the nice grey light almost down to minimum focus https://www.flickr.com/photos/167699...7705544150001/
Little Tern and 3 Black Terns at west end keeping well out unfortunately.
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Grafham Water 18 May am, 4 Sanderling still on the dam; a lot more photos taken in much better light. https://www.flickr.com/photos/167699...7705544150001/
4 Black Terns still remaining well out of range plus the Caspian Gull on the dam again.
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Old Saturday 25th May 2019, 21:02   #894
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Interesting Chiffchaff at the Dry Drayton to A14 junction just as you enter the A14. Heard it several times this week while getting onto the A14; probably just an aberrant Common Chiffchaff but with all these so claimed Iberian individuals who knows. Too dangerous to stop there so can’t do much with it.
Nice Yellow-legged Gull at Grafham and the Nightingale currently singing at dusk at Great Stukeley still.
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A14 Chiffchaff still there today; stationary traffic gave a chance to listen a bit longer: probably just a rather aberrant individual singing in short bursts. Not worth getting killed over I suspect....
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Grafham Water 15 June ; the immature Caspian Gull still present looking like it will have spent virtually all its life at Grafham since arriving last August. Distant views from Mander car park and reasonable views from Plummer car park later. Yellow-legged, Great Black-back and Lesser Black-back all present for comparison.
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Grafham Water 16 June ; 2 female Common Scoters from the dam ; 2 Yellow-legged Gulls and the Caspian Gull still.
Nightingale still Great Stukeley this evening.
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Grafham Water 20 June : evening. Caspian Gull , Yellow-legged Gull 2, Avocet.
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Grafham Water 23 June; Update on the Caspian Gull from this morning https://www.flickr.com/photos/167699...7703632408062/
Appears to be getting tamer; that is if you can catch up with it. Several Yellow-legged Gulls now.
Cetti's Warbler in the lagoons.
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Grafham Water 30 June; the Caspian Gull still present plus at least one Yellow-legged
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