9 Nov 2010

Stop press! Pied -billed Grebe, Greater Manchester

For once I struck lucky. Nipping out of the office at lunch time to go and see the Woodlarks frequenting a stubble field near Congleton I'd just arrived and seen the birds through Jill Barbers scope (thanks Jill!) when Steve mentioned the mega alert had just gone off on the pager. Pied-billed Grebe, Hollingsworth Lake, Greater Manchester. Woodlarks forgotten and it was a quick dash up the M6 and across the M62 for most of us there.

Amazingly the bird was showing well! It has apparently been there for 4-5 days after being initially identified as a Red-necked Grebe before being re-identified from photo's. Well done Ian!!

How often does that happen? A rare bird almost  right on the door step!
Back in the office by 15.30!

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