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Our member Tom Howard-Jones wrote:
Saturday 21st July 2018 - 16:00 to 17:00 I am delighted to confirm that my pessimism about the breeding of our Great   Crested Grebes  this year was misplaced. For the last two weeks people have been telling me that they have seen babies on the lake.  But that they are not easy to find. It seems that once they hatched, the parents have been very careful to keep their brood out of sight. Today was my first chance to check for myself. It was joyful to see three young grebes with their two parents.  The chicks are growing and their parents probably feel safer taking them into open water now. One of the adults was trying to feed a chick with a fish that looked far too big. It was not a good time of day or weather, warm and muggy, for seeing birds. But I enjoyed some good experiences none the less. A Grey Heron  was fishing and posing on the Pulhamite rock island. While I was looking at the grebes, a Swallow  shot past and skimmed the water. Not a common sight here. Then a Kingfisher flew away from me and behind the island. Later I saw it twice more and even got a (poor) photo of it. There was a family of Great Tits  flying in procession between the bushes on the bank of the lake. A juvenile Moorhen  was with an adult. A single Egyptian Goose  was hanging out on the fringe of the ever-present flock of Canada Geese . A single Herring Gull  was on the water too. There were several large fish, Carp?, feeding close to the bank at the grassless area where people feed the birds. I guess that there is a lot of food on the bottom of the lake there. So I went to find the baby grebes and saw a lot more too. A full list of the birds seen is given in the Bird Table .