Previously "Diary of a Birding Medic"

Previously "Rugby Birder"

Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Chew Valley Lake

Little Egret

Little Egret


Coot Scrap

Coot Offensive

LBB Gull - You scratch my back andi'll

Scrum down lads, I've got the bread!

Scrum Down!

I'm Off - BH Gull

LBB Gull

Mallard - ? Fart propelled!

Have you missed me? No, I doubt it! I have been away for a few days on a non-birding break in Bath. However, I was allowed a day at the nearby Chew Valley Lake (good behaviour?, maybe!).
Spent most of the time around Herriotts Bridge and Herons Green Pool & Bay. Most of the usual suspects for a large lake, the best being Dunlin, Ringed Plover and Common Sandpiper together at Herons Green Bay, with a distant Black Tailed Godwit. Careful scanning of the Pochard failed to produce the reported Ferruginous Duck but did throw up a juvenile Red Crested Pochard. Two Garganey provided a splendid flypast.
On Herons Green Pool were four Little Egret's. However, careful scoping showed one bird to have a yellow proximal bill with yellow legs and feet of the same colour. The two (poor quality) pics above show this. Debate with a local birder ensued with a view to it being a juvenile Cattle Egret, a bird that had been reported recently in this area. However, as far as I am concerned, the jury is still out with me favouring Little Egret. Should anyone have a view based on the pics above or the others on my website, I would be interested to learn.

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