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Old 31-01-11, 10:13 PM
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Default great crested grebe is back

Last weekend I saw the grebe again on a local lake, ( Near Blakedown, Worcs ).
There is usually a breading pair every year.

They always seem to vanish in the autumn and reappear late winter.

Anyone know where they go to and why they move?
Do they go to the rivers to avoid the ice?
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Old 01-02-11, 08:59 AM
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I think a lot move to the coasts John as inland waters are often (as in this winter) frozen solid so they can't dive/feed.
It's amazing how they can thrive in both salt and fresh water isn't it?
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Old 01-02-11, 09:29 PM
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Hi John, as Ruth has pointed out a lot of GC Grebes move to the coast in winter. There was almost 700 reported out on the Irish Sea just off Leasowe on the Wirral yesterday. And if i'm not mistaken there was double that number a few weeks back. So it looks as if numbers are dropping again as they move back to their breeding grounds for the spring.
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Old 01-02-11, 09:41 PM
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There is 10 or so of them on Wilstone Res. near me. Very inland but only partially frozen as it's quite deep.
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