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Grebes galore in Cheshire, a birthday treat

We had a great day with Jean, Brian and Martin today birdwatching in Cheshire. For Jean's birthday Brian had arranged a custom tour for them with The Biggest Twitch and invited their friend Martin to join them. As a custom tour we gave Jean a few suggestions for the best birdwatching at this time of year and she chose a day in Cheshire.

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It was another lovely sunny day as we headed east and it was not long before we arrived at our first site. We were all thrilled to see beautiful breeding plumaged Black-necked Grebes! These very rare birds were giving scope filling views in the sunshine, just wonderful birds. On the same lake we were able to watch Great crested and Little Grebes. Lots of other great birds here but the Black-necked Grebes really were the stars!

Next stop and another stunning grebe, this time a breeding plumaged Red-necked Grebe! This gorgeous bird was loafing on calm water really close to the bank where we stood! Another wow moment and we soaked up frame filling views of this amazing bird. Red-necked Grebe is a pretty scarce bird in the UK in the winter but a breeding plumaged bird in June was a real unexpected treat.

We enjoyed a lovely lunch overlooking the Dee Estuary where the birding did not stop. From the window we were able to watch lots of Little Egrets, Grey Herons and a hunting Sparrowhawk.

We then visited RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands Reserve and enjoyed a lovely walk around the lagoons. Lots of Black-tailed Godwits here and other waders included Greenshank, Little ringed Plover, Redshank and Lapwing. Lots of Little Egrets were fishing in the pools many of which were recently fledged youngsters. Stock Doves were encountered regularly and we were thrilled to see a Water Shrew on the path ahead of us.

A brilliant day with lots of laughs, many thanks to Jean, Brian and Martin for their company and we look forward to the next day out together.

If you would like a custom tour simply drop us a line and we can do the rest...

We look forward to hearing from you.


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