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WHITLINGHAM: A better look at the Slav Grebe

26th January 2013

A surprisingly frozen Whitlingham today, with only isolated areas of open water. One of these is always near the Visitors Centre, and today it held the Slavonian Grebe (present for its 9th day), a Goldeneye and 132 Pochard (a decent count here). Despite most of the rest of the broad being frozen I did still walk round, seeing three Shoveler and a scattering of Teal. Thorpe Broad was almost completely frozen, three Lapwings standing on the snow-covered shingle. I checked along the Little Broad, where the Siskin and Redpoll flock were AWOL, and got good views of a Water Rail in the open as it ran across a frozen ditch. A Treecreeper was the only new bird of the year, whilst I also saw a Great Spotted Woodpecker in a regular tree near the Little Broad. Before leaving I returned for another look at the Slav Grebe. Seeing loads of Black-headed Gulls on the ice I checked them for colour-ringed birds, but there weren't any.

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