Trevor Forder and I had great mornings birding up at James Lake. En-route home this male Spruce Grouse was sitting beside the road. I had only heard this species before today, on the Big Day Challenge in 2004. This individual showed the classic text book white tipped upper tail coverts and an all dark tail of the Franklin's race.
Silly o'clock and a drive to Summerset + a 2 1/2 hour watch at Ham Wall RSPB Reserve produced good looks at my first British P ied-billed Grebe. We turned up just after eight and just in time to miss this North American mega by minutes! Little Grebes kept us on our toes but we had to wait it out until about 10:40 am when it appeared from the corner where it had disappeared. There was a nice crowd here, all remaining hopeful and humorous during this very cold vigil. This little beauty made a b-line to open water, affording all great views. Bonus bird at this site was a Great White Egret .