Just starting off on the morning round down the southern edge of the Marina at Crosby today, when I got a text from Chris Bridge, Jason et al, who were watching a Black Necked Grebe from the other side of the water.
As instructed, I looked to my right, and there the bubble-headed little critter was, steaming around, partially obscured by the mussel booms from my position.
Very nice - thanks for the tip off lads!
Especially timely as today was my last day working down at Crosby for a few weeks - there are chores to be done further up the coast again from tomorrow.
Went back at lunchtime and watched the bird a bit more as it cruised about at some speed in the south east corner of the lake.
Occasionally it was hassled by Black Headed Gulls, but it just looked indignant as only a Black Necked Grebe can, crash dived and surfaced to whizz about on the calm water again....Black Necks always look a bit crazed to me.
Stuck around even after a flotilla of yachts took to the water in the fine winter weather.
Aside from the grebe there were still plenty of Tufties and Goldeneye on the lake early doors, with 3 Red Breasted Mergs, 2 male Scaup, 2 Little Grebes and about 20 Pochard. The Goldeneye are displaying fairly frequently now, which is always good to watch. Down on the beach the Skylarks were still trundling round the high tide line, and in the crisp cold air small groups of Fieldfare headed south.
Just to be contrary, a flock of 100 odd Pinkies pushed north up the coast.
Still two Shag about this morning, one feeding along the eastern side in the shallows, and the other taking a breather on the mussel booms in the south east corner - the best place to look for 'em in my book, unless you fancy walking all round the lake (not such a bad idea in glorious conditions like today).
The Black Necked Grebe was still parading up and down the lake as the light faded late afternoon, here's hoping it sticks around...
A flock of 16 Pied Wags bounding along south at dusk was interesting, wondered if they could be birds heading to the roost in Liverpool city centre?
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...