Tuesday, 23 March 2010

EGRETS

20/03/10


upton warren


a dunlin had been presant earlier in the day and as it was one of the first to go through i wanted to 'get it'.


the constant showers all day 'should have kept it down'


2 bullfinch were heard in the garden at earlswood, and 3 mallard kept doing the 'red arrows' over the garden.


so then to upton


a check in the north moors had 2 teal and 2 shoveler


east hide


4 oystercatcher were quickly evident, constantly pipeing away at each other.


but the main interest was this:




2 LITTLE EGRETS on the moors pool. i have only ever seen 2 little egrets in one day before, so well chuffed, (and i have had 4 cattle egret in 1 day!!!!!!), the birds were initially right next to each other in amy's marsh, but quickly(quicker than i can open the window) moved away from each other, preventing me to get a shot of them both, later one flew onto the river, and a lot later the other egret joined it, although they often took flight and landed a bit further downstream. then both took flight and landed in the south west marsh


the snipe were around the islands again(18) and a pair of shelduck were moaping around the islands, small numbers of ducks remained, shovler,teal,pochard,tufted duck. but there did seem to be a lot of GC grebes. after quite a bit of time, we headed for the flashes(dunlin-less, smartin-less)


the 4 AVOCET were quickly located, and filmed, the LRP couldent be picked out in the dying light, a good load of lapwing and BHG's on the flashes,


2 gadwall (m+f) were swimming around by the posts in the water.




MB

4 comments:

rob said...

Hi MB nice vid of the Avocets , and well done on getting two Little Egrets , have you had any luck with any migrants yet ?

midlands birder said...

yesssssssss
LRP titcked yesterday, chiffchaff(1st for year)
but today, had lesser spot wood x2 and a tawney owl
MB

rob said...

Oh wow you are doing good , i really like LRPS , well done mate

midlands birder said...

it was about time i ticked any summer migrants though, took their time this year
MB