|Little Egret, Rutland Water January 2016|
Great to see this lovely bird doing so well, taking advantage of the newly created wetland habitats in the Tame Valley and becoming a regular feature of a day's birding. Great White Egrets are set to follow this trend, with up to four recently in the area, tending to favour Alvecote Pools.
Little Egrets are much scarcer in Banburyshire, the best site is Bicester Wetland BOS nature reserve where there are often one or two, but on Boxing Day we saw two at the top end of Boddington Reservoir, and they can turn up anywhere there is wetland habitat.
The reason we were birding at Middleton Lakes was partly because it made a convenient stop on our way homewards after visiting Beeley in Derbyshire to see the Dusky Thrush that has been a star bird for the past month. We got really nice prolonged views of the thrush feeding on earthworms in a pasture field on the edge of this very pretty village. It was too distant to get worthwhile photos, so I've dug out an image of a very smart looking Dusky Thrush I photographed in Kyoto last year, to mark the occasion.
|Dusky Thrush, Kyoto, November 2015|