New Year birding 1st January

On the 1st Jan 2020, my mum and I went on a day’s birding.  We started off at Attenborough Nature Reserve in Nottinghamshire, with hopes of connecting with a Slavonian Grebe which had been showing incredibly well outside the visitor centre.  As expected, it showed really close and we watched it for about an hour.  It was nice to be able to see a Slav in winter plumage and so close in, as we’d seen them in Scotland in summer but they were much more distant.

Other birds of note at Attenborough were several Egyptian Geese, 2 Stock Dove and a male Red-crested Pochard.

We then made a 15 minute drive to Church Wilne Ski Pit, where a Black-necked Grebe had been occasionally reported over this winter.  After a few minutes looking, I managed to pick the bird up very distantly (no idea how).  Unfortunately we had no way of getting closer so we had to deal with seeing it half a mile out.  Still nice to have a lifer on the first day of the year!

Also we managed to find a Whooper Swan in a nearby field with a group of Mute Swans and Greylag Geese, but unfortunately couldn’t find the Ruddy Shelduck that was reported earlier that day.