Nice to get this Icelandic breeder - Great Northern Diver; on my local patch. Other than Canada, this is the second time I have seen this species in the UK. The first time was at Staines Reservoir a couple of years ago. Hope it stays around for the New Year. Thanks to David Baker for the heads-up on this sighting. Date seen: 15th November 2013
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 .