Another First!

Another first today a Great White Egret. In my childhood a Little Egret was not a bird we saw in the UK my older bird books do not list them. Slowly they started arriving in the South and today they are a common sight I now see more Little Egrets on a day out than Grey Herons. Last week I saw 7 different birds on one stretch of coast.

The Great White Egret, according to the Royal Society of birds, the growing populations of this Egret in Europe has pushed the species to the UK. The RSPB suggest the uk wintering population is about 35 birds, but this year Bird Guides, a UK website and magazine which reports sightings of rare birds, dropped the species from its list of nationally rare birds because sightings had become so numerous.

Over the last week there had been reports of a Great White Egret at Titchfield Haven and this morning we spotted him.

The Little Egret has yellow feet and a black bill -the Great White Egret has black feet and a yellow bill. Sizewise the the Great White is about the size of a Gray Heron,

Between Showers.

Bird watching between heavy showers today.

Starlings – size wise they are a bit smaller than a Blackbird. From a distance in their flocks Starlings look black or brown but when you see them closer they are full of colour – very glossy with a sheen of purples whites and greens.

A Pied Wagtail grabs a spot on a fence once the Starlings have flown off.

I always find it quite difficult to identify which Godwit’s we see at the Haven.I ask myself are Black-tailed Godwits or Bar-tailed Godwits? I had some help with this today the picture was a miss – totally missing most of the bird taking off but his tail was a give away in identifying the bird. (she last Godwit picture for the answer).

Confirmed they are Black-tailed Godwit’s !!!!😊

Redshank were about again today. The first two pictures give a good size comparison with a Snipe.

Redshank and a sleeping Teal.

Passing duck flypast.

Friday in the Reserve.

Due to fuel shortages which seem to remain on the petrol station forecourts in this area we decided to remain fairly local this week. So another morning in Titchfield Haven Nature Reserve. Much duller today compared with Wednesday. However we were rewarded with 5 or 6 Snipe and a close encounter with one of these well camouflaged waders.

Some distant views across the reserve.

A lone Great Crested Grebe.

A Redshank crossing the lagoon.

A mixed bag – Canada Geese, Godwits, Lapwings and lots of Teal. Teal are our smallest common surface feeding duck.

This first picture of one of the Snipe gives a good example of how well camouflaged they are in the Reeds. Have added a circle.