Wednesday, 23 December 2009

GREAT WHITE EGRET gets forced out by snow and makes fleeting visit to Tring Reservoirs

A EUROPEAN GREAT WHITE EGRET that has spent the best part of the month commuting between the Misbourne and Chess River valleys was seen at Marsworth Reservoir on 20 December (David Bilcock) at around 1535 hours. It flew across the reeds at Marsworth at just over tree-top height and headed towards Tringford. Ian Williams and his son intercepted the bird and it next spent 3-4 minutes perched high in a tree at Tringford Reservoir but then took off again, initially West, then back NE. It then turned again and flew back across Startops crossing the Grand Union Canal at around the car park area and flew off strongly to the North-West. Steve Rodwell also saw it as it was in flight but no other Tring regulars.

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