With a distant lack of suitable Autumn winds I opted to stay close to home on my first day off to wrap up my annual leave at work. Destination was Cotswold Water Park with gravel pit buddy Paul. The water park is a real maze of water and you always need a bit of luck to find what you are after.
We found pit 74 and twitchers gate with a degree of ease however we had to settle for just Great Crested Grebes and Wigeon. We had an explore further down the road where a Whinchat and Lapwings were showing by the working pits. Once we returned we instantly had more to view as the 16 Red-crested Pochard came into view with even more Wigeon. As I was trying to count the Wigeon a Little Egret flew over before Paul pinged "got one" and he had picked up a Red-necked Grebe diving on the far right from our view.
This was both our third Red-necked Grebe after seeing them at Farmoor and also Upton Warren.
As we headed back up the M5 we stopped in at the Birders Store as I'd ordered a star gazing scope for the father in law. Whilst certainly not a stock item, Brian had managed to get the item wanted at a price cheaper then elsewhere.