I found this summer plumage Black-necked Grebe at Thornton on Monday afternoon. It spent most of its time feeding. My photos do not do it justice. The cheek feathers were resplendent in the afternoon sunshine!!!
There was no sign of it today, Tuesday, so it may have departed. June records are rare according to the Leicestershire and Rutland Avifauna. It may have been a late migrant heading for breeding areas in more eastern areas of mainland Europe or eastern England. There were only 38 confirmed pairs in Britain in 2010(Bird Atlas 2007-11).
A Red Kite flew east on the 8th and this Chimney Sweeper moth was enjoying the sunshine on the acid meadow.