Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis)

STATUS AT LONGHAM LAKES

A common resident in small numbers, with sporadic  breeding.

Breeding:
1. Adults with 2 chicks, 18th August 2004.
2. Juveniles noted on 1st September 2005.
3. 1 immature on Longham Reservoir North, 15th August 2006.
4. At least 2 pairs, 1 on LR South and one on the small pond at the south end, each with 2 chicks (16th August 2011). Pair with 3 chicks on 6th August (Trevor Thorpe).

2012: A pair with 3 chicks on lagoon at south end (Chris Parnell) on 4th August, still present on 28th.
2013: Bird on nest on 29th July (near island in LR South). 3 well grown young on LR South on 4th September (2+1, quite well separated).
2014: Adults with 1 chick on 15th August (Trevor Wilkinson) and subsequently into September.
2015: 1-2 pairs present in the breeding season. No young seen but fledged birds were seen on 4th September (possibly wandered from elsewhere).

MAXIMUM NUMBERS PER MONTH

Most of these are Wetland Bird  Survey (WEBs) counts organised by the BTO and carried out by Trevor Thorpe and Robin Trundle. Many thanks to the counters.

Year Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2002
2003 4 1
2004 3 2 4 8 8 6 4
2005 5 3 3 1 3 10 12 13 3
2006 4 4 3 1 1 1 7 5 5 3 2
2007 3 2 1 1 1 2 1 7 7 8 6
2008 7 4 2 1 4 19 22 12
2009 10 11 4 2 1 3 7 16 15 4
2010 3 3 11 2 3 4 18 8 11 7 3
2011 2 4 11 6 1 4 8 17 37 19 4 3
2012 5 4 11 1 3 4 1 17 22 17 11 4
2013 10 6 3 4 5 17 14 24 24 13
2014 16 9 6 1 1 6 8 34 35 27 17
2015 23  39 13  4 2  2 22 37 25 22 20 12
2016 19  5 12  9 7 22 28 16 17
2017 13  12 6 1
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