Both Black-necked and Slavonian Grebes showed really well today in the harbour area and at Sandy Cove respectively. Both species are regular at this site. In fact, both these species were present last year in exactly the same place, leading one to suspect they are the same returning birds. Black-necked Grebes are known to be faithful to wintering sites.
On what must be the brightest and driest day of the whole Christmas period, I was really pleased to see both these birds so obligingly close to the shore. The Black-necked was just ten yards from the tideline!