Thursday 27 December 2012

Great White Egrets

Lade - 0800hrs - Mild, showery, sw 3 - The mild weather continued, along with some hefty showers. First bird of note on the pits this morning was a Great White Egret arguing with a Grey Heron over `ownership` of a small reedbed at the southern end. The egret then flew out across the desert and settled on a shingle ridge to contemplate its next move. There are up to 5 GWEgrets currently on the Marsh with the majority centred on the bird reserve, although they have also been regularly seen along the RMCanal, Scotney pits, the Army ranges and at Lade; in fact at the moment GWEgrets are more numerous than Littles!
ARC - 1400hrs - From the causeway road 3 Smew on New Diggings, while on ARC a mass of ducks included 220 Gadwall and 440 Teal; also 2 Marsh Harriers and a Little Egret. Strolled down to Screen hide with PB where 3 more Marsh Harriers, 2 Great Whites, `pinging` Beardies and a Chiffchaff. A flock of 6 Goosanders dropped in on the far side of the pit.

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