Black-throated Diver  Gavia arctica

Calvert - 19th May 2008

Photos copyright - Tim Watts

A surprise find in the county, especially in MayThere are 10 or so prior records in the county. 

 Tim found this bird, still in winter plumage and managed to get the word out so that others could also see it and confirm ID.  Tim did well to get these photos at long range. 

Taplow Gravel Pit - 27th November - 1st January 2003 (at least)

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26th Dec 2002 - Rob Andrews

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23rd Dec 2002 - Jim Rose

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  3rd Dec 2002 - Jerry O'Brian

This is a scarce species in the county with only 11 prior records.   This individual was present at the site from 27th November to 23rd December at least .  While often seen in the centre of the lake, the bird would also dive within a few feet of the bank and make it's way around the lake.  The bird was apparently not concerned when sailing activities took place on the lake.

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