Sunday, 18 January 2009

'New' LITTLE EGRET roost at Stanborough Lakes

A late afternoon stroll with the family around Stanborough Lakes was the usual relatively quiet birding experience, with only the guaranteed Common Kingfishers and a dozen roosting Reed Buntings being of any note.

Just as we were leaving I noticed a white blob partially obscured in trees on the island on the north lake - it was a LITTLE EGRET ! Closer examination revealed 2 more birds, and whilst I was watching a further 2 flew in to roost - certainly the highlight of the afternoon as until this evening I thought Amwell was the only roost in Herts. A good morning too -a quick look through the back fence of the fortress that is Lemsford Springs revealed a GREEN SANDPIPER, whilst a check of Brocket Park provided a new tetrad tick for the winter atlas in the form of a single Common Pochard (Anthony Dorman)

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