I bumped into Sam while walking the Killy waggonways last week and while chatting he mentioned that one of the Great Crested Grebes had returned to Killingworth Lakes. I called past this morning and was more than happy to discover that a second Grebe was there but not only that they were displaying, crests raised and mirroring each other. Spring is definitely on the cards ! They were always distant, keeping to the centre of the larger lake so the following image is heavily cropped. Also of note at Killy the returning pair of Oystercatchers were seen and 9 Goosanders on the smaller lake. At one point i had a pair of displaying Goldeneye getting close to the GCGs but sadly not close enough to get them in the same shot.
A small number of the birds came back including Oystercatchers, Lapwings, Teal & a few gulls. The fox however had disappeared. Shortly after a Little Egret dropped in. A pair of Stonechats were seen as i made my way to the area towards the river but i had no sighting of the Great Grey Shrike in the couple of hours i was there.
I DID HAVE A HEAT HAZE as i scanned the field at one point.
I returned to Killy Lakes after WH and bumped into Sam but the GCGs were asleep while there before the rain started.