Bob Hazell rather messed up my plans for 21/01 by finding a red-necked Grebe at Draycote, the first record there for several years. I shot out and was fortunate in that the bird was pretty close in along the Draycote Wall.

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Red-necked Grebe, Draycote Water.

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Red-necked Grebe, Draycote Water.

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Red-necked Grebe, Draycote Water.

Saturday was rapidly derailed by news that Tim Fountain had found a flock of Waxwings in Hillmorton. Though it has been an invasion year of some note I had not yet bothered going after any but a group so close to home got the better of me. As did the temptation to squander most of the afternoon on the never ending quest for the ultimate Waxwing shots. Needless to say I failed, but am reasonably pleased with the best of my efforts given the poor light, and cold so extreme it became increasingly difficult to hold the camera steady.

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Waxwing, Hillmorton.

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Waxwing, Hillmorton.

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Waxwing, Hillmorton.

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Waxwing, Hillmorton.

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Waxwing, Hillmorton.

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Waxwing, Hillmorton.

Finishing the day at Draycote with John we met up with Cliff Smith who had travelled up from Somerset in the hope of seeing his first Glaucous Gull. Luckily I found a new Juv.  which gave good views by Draycote standards and John picked out a second which seems likely to be the extremely large pale individual from 15/01 and the same bird seen at Shawell that afternoon.