An old friend 'Age' fancied a trip out birding and asked if I knew anywhere interesting to go. The birding jungle telegraph had early today beaten out the message that a Black-Necked Grebe was on pit 60 in summer plumage, and so this seemed like a good place to start.
I picked Age up in Didcot and headed along the A34 and arrived just past the Rose Revived around 11.00am, parking between the two sets of traffic lights (off road of course) we left the car and made our way toward the pit lake. A few Blackcaps were singing in the hedgerows along with I think a Reed Warbler.
Entering the hide we had the good luck to find that Tezzer had already located the distant B-N Grebe and put us on to it straightaways . After about an hour Tezzer moved on to the other hide to get closer views of the Grebe and we followed about quarter of an hour later.
The Grebe proved to be too distant and the light too bright for a decent photograph. Common Sandpiper, four Green Sandpiper, Little Egret, Red-Crested Pochard, Wigeon, Lapwing, Gadwall and an apparently lactating Vixen put in an appearance.
The Oxon Feather.