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Great Crested Grebe

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Common Name Great Crested Grebe
Scientific Name Podiceps cristatus
Status Occasional
Interest Level
Related Species Grebes
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Look for The long neck and low body profile
Habitat Reference

The largest of our grebes having along neck and flat-topped head


Contributors to the Nature of Dorset have seen this species at these locations:

Please note that the markers show APPROXIMATE locations of the observation, not exact locations! You can find often find out more information about location by looking at the original tweet. Click on any marker to see the name of the location and then click on the location name to see more details about the site where available.

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This chart shows the number of records per month for this species where there are records (see note below):

The intention of this chart is to show which months during the year this species is most likely to be seen. The total per month is across all years; to see the total for a particular year select that year in the filter at the top.

This chart shows the number of records per day for this species for up to the last 30 days for which there are records for this species (see note above). Hover over any column to see the date and the number of records:

These contributors have submitted records for this species:

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These are some photographs of this species that have accompanied tweets from Twitter contributors. Click/tap a photo to see the original version.

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One of the Great Crested Grebes wintering on the Fleet at Ferrybridge
Tweet Date:
27/01/2017 - 17:30
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Great Crested Grebe still fishing under the bridge at Ferrybridge
Tweet Date:
28/01/2017 - 20:15
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Great-crested Grebe, Hatch Pond
Tweet Date:
03/03/2017 - 20:30
Contributed By:
Not quite the weed dance, but getting there
Tweet Date:
03/03/2017 - 20:15
Contributed By:
The one "iconic" Great-crested Grebes pose. Weed dance on tippy-toes!!
Tweet Date:
05/03/2017 - 20:15
Contributed By:

Great Crested Grebe Portland harbour this morning

Tweet Date:
29/12/2017 - 16:26
Contributed By:

The original tweets from which these records have been derived:

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Record Datesort ascending Recorded at Recorded by Tweet
13/01/2018 - 16:08 Wawlee

@wawlee GND still present this afternoon (in near darkness) along with Goldeneye and Great Crested Grebe

13/01/2018 - 11:21 Two Owls Birding

From houseboats Poole Harbour Velvet Scoter keeping in with Gt. Crested Grebes + Gt. northern. Greenshank grey plov…

12/01/2018 - 16:41 Brendan Shiels

Drake Eider off Ferrybridge this afternoon. Total tallies at Portland Harbour 15 BNGrebe, 1 Slav Grebe, 7 GCGrebe,…

12/01/2018 - 11:29 Nevil Fowler

Portland Harbour today, 14 bngrebes, 2 gndiver, male Eider(near ferrybridge),c12 gcgrebes,1 lgrebe. Firecrest at castle cove

05/01/2018 - 14:56 David Foster

Now a flock of a dozen Goldeneyes, mainly male (with G.C.Grebe) as well as other small groups on #PoolePark lake…

29/12/2017 - 16:26 Debby Saunders

Great Crested Grebe Portland harbour this morning

28/12/2017 - 10:27 Debby Saunders

Ferrybridge / Hamm Beach 3 Great Northern Divers, 10 Black-necked Grebes, 12 Great Crested Grebes, 29 Ringed Plover…

24/12/2017 - 09:39 Ian Ballam

Off Hamworthy Park, 4 Common Scoter, 1 Guillemot, RBMergs, GCGrebes and a Cormorant @harbourbirds @DorsetBirdClub

22/12/2017 - 16:26 Birds Poole Harbour

Family birding for beginners boat this AM - 3 GN Diver, 1 Velvet Scoter, 1 Com Scoter, 10 BN Grebe, 30 Spoonbill, 3…

21/12/2017 - 09:12 Birds Poole Harbour

11 BN Grebe, 1 Guillemot, 12 Goldeneye and several rafts of RB Mergs and GC Grebe off Hamworthy Park beach with 31…

10/12/2017 - 13:44 Joe Stockwell

Newtons Cove also; 2 GND, 2 Guillemot, 2 Common Scoter, 12 GC Grebe, Red-throated Diver close in.

08/12/2017 - 11:17 Graham Jaggard

V cold at 8.30 this morning along Portland harbour, very distant Goosanders, Northern Divers and juvenile Great Cre…

06/12/2017 - 10:57 Barbara Bisset

11am Discover Arne Walk Coombe Viewpoint 2 GWE, c 200 lapwing, c 400 avocet 2 m harrier, 7 great crested grebe @RSPBArne @harbourbirds

02/12/2017 - 09:41 Nick Urch

Portland Harbour from Bincleaves: BT Diver, 3 GN Diver, 9 BN Grebes, Kingfisher, Razorbill, 20+ GC Grebes

13/11/2017 - 16:07 Richard Charmouth

Another Great Crested Grebe on the sea below Black Ven, Charmouth.

06/11/2017 - 12:36 Birds Poole Harbour

1 GW Egret, 4 Goosander, 8 G'eye, c100 RB Merg, c75 GC Grebe, 4 Marsh Harr, 2 Merlin, 50+ Spoony from survey boat this AM @DorsetBirdClub

04/11/2017 - 12:43 Richard Charmouth

Charmouth / Lyme: 2 Great Crested Grebes first of the winter for me in the Hole this morning.

30/10/2017 - 17:18 Joe Stockwell

2 Red-breasted Merganser Portland Harbour + 2 GC Grebes. Lots of Chiffs, G'crests. Ring-necked Parakeet + Green Woodpecker heard.

17/10/2017 - 10:49 Birds Poole Harbour

3 BN Grebe, 6 RB Merg, 1 Sarnie Tern, 20 GC Grebe South Deep, Southern Brownsea shore @DorsetBirdClub @BirdGuides

27/09/2017 - 10:18 Ian Ballam

155 Dunlin in bay, Wigeon increased to 39 and 1 GC Grebe #LytchettBay @harbourbirds @NarwhalSh @DorsetBirdClub

11/08/2017 - 13:00 Freddy Alway Also on the fleet lrp green sand. 6 com sand 11 redshank Dunlin rp .48 pintail 13 gc grebe wheatear.
12/07/2017 - 17:15 Ian Ballam Great-crested Grebe, Longham Lakes
19/06/2017 - 14:30 Mike Morse A few birds around first thing... Hobby, Redshank, unseasonal (for here) GCG....then the heat took its toll. Red Kite yesterday.
11/04/2017 - 17:45 Ian Ballam Great-crested Grebe , Holes Bay
05/03/2017 - 20:15 Ian Ballam The one "iconic" Great-crested Grebes pose. Weed dance on tippy-toes!!
03/03/2017 - 20:30 Ian Ballam Great-crested Grebe, Hatch Pond
03/03/2017 - 20:15 Ian Ballam Not quite the weed dance, but getting there
28/02/2017 - 18:30 Ian Ballam Lucky to catch the last throes of these GC Grebes "weed dancing" in Holes Bay this morning although a bit distant f…
16/02/2017 - 11:15 Ian Ballam Nice to see the 1st GC Grebe of year in Lytchett Bay, picked up by @IanLewi11427698 from Turlin screen @harbourbirds @NarwhalSh
28/01/2017 - 20:15 Debby Saunders Great Crested Grebe still fishing under the bridge at Ferrybridge
27/01/2017 - 17:30 Debby Saunders One of the Great Crested Grebes wintering on the Fleet at Ferrybridge