I seem to rely on "windows of opportunity" at the moment, and when one opened this afternoon, I headed down to Draycote for a couple of hours. Meeting a couple of birders near the visitor centre, I was informed that a Black Necked Grebe had been seen earlier but had not been relocated. Disappointing as I did not see one last year. A brisk walk to the Valve Tower and back soon had me touching base with two Great Northern Divers (still distant) and the drake Smew. Just past the sailing club, I was able to get to grips with an obliging Kestrel, before meeting Bob D and others, who confirmed my fears that the BN Grebe had gone.
A message from RBA informed me that the Great White Egret was again in the Long Lawford area, so it would have been rude not to pay a visit. Initially I could not locate it near the A428 so headed for Clayhill Lane where I again met Bob D. Bob informed me that the Egret had flown into the fields near the West St footpath so I guided him to this area. The Egret was again located in the stream but as always was very nervous and soon took flight. I managed a few "record" shots - disappointing when compared to those taken before Christmas.
"Angel of Light"
Todays Sightings (Draycote):
Robin; Magpie; Blackbird; Wood Pigeon; Rook; Carrion Crow; BH Gull; Mallard; Tufted Duck; Coot; LBB Gull; Pied Wagtail; Lapwing; Great Northern Diver; Dabchick; Teal; Gt Cr Grebe; Herring Gull; Smew; Goldeneye; Cormorant; Gadwall; Moorhen; Goosander; Common Gull; Canada Goose; Grey Heron; Wigeon; Pochard; Jackdaw; Ruddy Duck; Blue Tit; GBB Gull; Kestrel; Dunnock; Bullfinch; Fieldfare; Chaffinch; Gt Tit.
Great White Egret (Long Lawford).