At 3 o'clock this afternoon I saw Alan Woodcock's latest post mentioning Slavonian Grebe and two Redhead Goosanders on Brooklands lake this morning. I'd already heard of a possible Slavonian Grebe there a couple of days ago but thought it had moved on or was a false alarm.
After being stuck in all morning while an engineer failed to fix our central heating I decided to dash down and see if I could find both species before it got dark. I couldn't find any Goosanders but I did have good views of the Grebe, but I couldn't get a picture as the light was fading fast.
This is my 100th species at New Hythe this year and what a great bird to do it with, i've only ever seen a couple down at Dungeness and this is my first at New Hythe. Ideally i'd like to get back down there tomorrow to try for a picture and to check the other lakes in case the Goosanders are still local, but the engineer is coming back tomorrow morning , typical!
In the meantime there's a photo of the Slavonian Grebe on Alan's blog. Just click on his name above to visit.