Thursday, 30 August 2012

Cattle Egret

RSPB - 1045hrs - Cool, showery, w4 - Joined the Joker, plus a motley collection of locals gathered in Dennis`s hide awaiting a Cattle Egret to show, which it did, briefly, before returning to shelter in the lee of the islands from the brisk westerly. A flock of 30 Knot flew over whilst we were waiting.
A run down to Dengemarsh hide delivered Sparrowhawk and Marsh Harrier en-route, plus the Great White Egret just before the hide and a close Raven `cronking` overhead. With the terns gone Dengemarsh was much quieter than of late, but as we checked through the wildfowl over flew the Cattle Egret from Burrowes in company with a Little Egret which prompted a "3egret day" remark from someone one shall remain nameless...
From Springfield Bridge we relocated the said egret where it showed nicely thank you, affording a few record shots.
                                         Cattle Egret, Dengemarsh                                           
Scotney - Three Bar-headed Geese noted amongst the feral Greylags while `over the border` into deepest, darkest Sussex a large flock of c300 Golden Plovers were loafing on the spit amongst a couple of Curlews and loads of Lapwings.
We gave ARC a miss due to conservation work, but a Wood Sandpiper and several Blackwits were reported amongst the commoner waders.
ps: A Wryneck was seen in a private garden on the Dungeness Estate this evening (DB).

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