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Grafham Water (4 Viewers)

Matthebirder

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No, none of the locals know anything about this. We only saw the usual birds. Do you know who saw it and were all three on view at the same time?
I managed to only see the adult bird over 3 days so that is an indication of how difficult they are or maybe I am losing the edge……
 

Matthebirder

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Grafham 8 Jan 2022; Great Northern Diver (ad) off Fishing lodge mid morning. Two red head Smew in Valley Creek. Two Great White Egrets. Usual Yellow-legged Gull off the dam.
 

Matthebirder

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Grafham 9 Jan 2022: Great Northern Diver (Juv) at southern end of the dam early morning very close to the shore. Two Smew still in Valley Creek. The Yellow-legged Gull still present during the morning off the dam.
 

Matthebirder

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Grafham 16 Jan 2022: Great Northern Diver (Juv) off the dam in the morning. The 'hybrid' gull at Mander Carpark early afternoon. The more I look at this one the more I'm confused!
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Matthebirder

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Grafham 23 Jan 2022; six Scaup today. The Great Northern Diver followed from Savages creek to the dam in almost the same time I could drive and park! This one really does move fast. Having caught a large fish it spent nearly 30 mins trying to eat it and then lost it to a Great Black-back! The diver objected with a loud call.
 

Matthebirder

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Grafham 29 Jan 2022; seven Scaup today, two males, six female types from Plumber Carpark though flushed around a lot by boats and dogs.
 

Matthebirder

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Grafham 30 Jan 2022; yes 2 + 5, never was very good at maths!

Only 3 females Scaup from Plummer today I think; Great Northern Diver moving around a lot, unsure if this is the original bird

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Matthebirder

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Grafham 5 Feb 2022; five Scaup female types from Plummer Carpark still. Finally some better views;

AH4I6783c1.JPG One looks a bit odd (far right), with a darker bill so may be less than pure? Below
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Matthebirder

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Grafham 12 Feb 2022: five Scaup still off Plummer carpark. Great Northern Diver showed very well of the dam but appears to have a treble hook through its foot so not such good news. Common Sandpiper on the dam and also walking around by the cars in Mander Carpark. Beware!

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Matthebirder

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Grafham 26 Feb 2022; eight Scaup off Plummer carpark with two fine drakes and five females. Great Northern Diver off Mander Carpark late morning. Common Sandpiper on the dam.
 

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