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Old Saturday 2nd December 2006, 19:32   #1
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Great Northern Diver

My first Great Northern Diver, yesterday at Carsington Water, don't know how rare they are, but a first for me, beautiful bird!
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Old Saturday 2nd December 2006, 19:37   #2
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They are impressive birds aren't they? Especially in Summer plumage.
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Old Saturday 2nd December 2006, 20:41   #3
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My first Great Northern Diver, yesterday at Carsington Water, don't know how rare they are, but a first for me, beautiful bird!
Not very rare at the coast, in the right place, but inland they are quite a rarity. Always good to see one. My first was on an inland reservoir and in the intervening 25+ years have seen a couple of others inland but many more at the coast
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Old Saturday 2nd December 2006, 20:55   #4
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My first Great Northern Diver, yesterday at Carsington Water, don't know how rare they are, but a first for me, beautiful bird!
Great birds, and aren't they just huge in the flesh! Definitely a rarity inland and while Keith is right about the coast in winter they are not at all common. Only around 3000 birds winter in Britain, and there's an awful lot of coastline!

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Great birds, and aren't they just huge in the flesh! Definitely a rarity inland and while Keith is right about the coast in winter they are not at all common. Only around 3000 birds winter in Britain, and there's an awful lot of coastline!

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Ah but Graham that's why I said in the right place...locally common but nationally rare...isn't that it...LOL
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Old Saturday 2nd December 2006, 21:13   #6
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Two today at Audenshaw Res in Greater Manchester - a real treat to see these birds close up on fairly calm water!
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Awesome up close, but not so fun 3 miles out!
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I found a summer plumaged adult at Gouthwaite some years ago. It was seen by many...a great bird.

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Old Sunday 3rd December 2006, 12:23   #9
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A few more here....

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Old Sunday 3rd December 2006, 12:50   #10
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A nice Glauc on the above sight as well.....I wonder if anyone else remembers the days when we used to get regular Glaucs and Icelands on our coasts and in our harbours....those were the days

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Old Sunday 3rd December 2006, 15:24   #11
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My first Great Northern Diver, yesterday at Carsington Water, don't know how rare they are, but a first for me, beautiful bird!
Over the years I've seen a good number of great northerns when seawatching, however the recent one in Bedford was my first inland bird and the first time I've been able to really enjoy watching one. They really are impressive birds, although not a truely rare species you won't get many chances to really spend time watching one.

http://www.birdforum.net/pp_gallery/...p/photo/117563

http://www.birdforum.net/pp_gallery/...p/photo/117561
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Old Sunday 3rd December 2006, 15:41   #12
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Six in Leics/Rutland this weekend, which must take some beating for an inland county.

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Old Sunday 3rd December 2006, 19:05   #13
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Congratulations on your first Great Northern Diver. I remember the thrill of my first sighting too. We're lucky enough to have them breeding in Reykjavík and I regularly go to listen to them yodelling on bright May evenings. It's one of the great sounds in nature I think. Here are some pictures of them on home ground in Iceland.
http://myndir.fuglar.is/pictures.php?type=t&id=479

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Cracking views of one yesterday, feeding a couple of metres away in a sheltered bay in South Devon.
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Congratulation the Great Northern Diver! I don't know as is in England, but in Poland this bird is very rare. Lately, I saw only Black-throated Diver, but if I went in the same place one week ago, I can see Great Northern Diver

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Never seen Black-throated (hope to at Christmas in Cornwall).
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Had a max count of six yesterday in Cork Harbour. That is a very good record for the harbour. Thing is i cant even see the whole harbour from where i look. It's blocked by a few islands. Also had Glaucous gull, two black guillemots and at least 5 mediterranean gulls.
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Old Saturday 16th December 2006, 15:03   #18
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I would 'nt say GN Divers were rare inland you get a few every year turning up on inland lakes and Reservoirs so, i would say they were scarce inland rather than rare.Still they are excellent birds to see inland often showing really well and some stay for weeks.
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great nortern diver

also saw 2 of these birds at carsington yesterday nice birds couple of good photos of them on the clubs website not my photos i hasen to add
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I know them as Common Loon, but I get them fairly frequently along the beaches here. Also seen them in summer plumage up north, this year on my annually-visited campground at Lake George, a first for the area! And that yodeling call.......AMAZING!!

I personally prefer 'loon" to "diver", but "great Northern" to "Common". How about "Great Northern Loon"?
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I know them as Common Loon, but I get them fairly frequently along the beaches here. Also seen them in summer plumage up north, this year on my annually-visited campground at Lake George, a first for the area! And that yodeling call.......AMAZING!!

I personally prefer 'loon" to "diver", but "great Northern" to "Common". How about "Great Northern Loon"?
I'll go along with that, OwlTalon. "Common" is a silly name to give to a bird unless it genuinely is the only common member of its genus (we in England have a really dumb example in "Common Gull", which is your Mew Gull and not common at all in England, only in winter). And "diver", what kind of name is that ? Many kinds of bird dive for a living.

By the way, our Swedish friends will correct me but I believe they call this family "lom", maybe the American name comes from that ?
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"Common" is a silly name to give to a bird unless it genuinely is the only common member of its genus (we in England have a really dumb example in "Common Gull", which is your Mew Gull and not common at all in England, only in winter).
Whilst I agee with what you say in principle, there is a body of opinion that thinks that Common Gull gets its name from "the gull of the common" given it's liking for open grassland....
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Congratulations on your first Great Northern Diver. I remember the thrill of my first sighting too. We're lucky enough to have them breeding in Reykjavík and I regularly go to listen to them yodelling on bright May evenings. It's one of the great sounds in nature I think. Here are some pictures of them on home ground in Iceland.
http://myndir.fuglar.is/pictures.php?type=t&id=479

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Great Northern Diver at Staines Reservoir!! Nice patch tick!!

I really dislike the word "loon" ----associated with 70's gear and looney

such a beautiful bird to be called a loon is an insult....IMHO!!

(Shows the culture gap!! Words in English have different meaning to our
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I was agreeing about use of "Common" not "Loon" - not fond of "Loon" myself!
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Diver is far better than Loon!

Been a real influx of GN Divers this December inland. Yet to find one on my patch here in Lincolnshire though!
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