16 Mar 2009

Cattle Egret & Avocet!


News came out today of a Cattle Egret near Frodsham that had apparantly been present for a week. Unfortunately no one knew exactly where it was! However, consulting aerial photographs of the area on the net, I pinpointed a likely field that you could see had cows in and passed the news on to Pod & Malc who duly found the bird literally the other side of the farm track!

This is probably the same bird seen at nearby Delamere Forest recently and is the 3rd confirmed record for Cheshire following birds on the Wirral and at Higher Poynton last year. The bird stayed pretty close to its prefered cow pat frequently digging in for some juicy morsel. The same fields also held two adult Med Gulls with a flock of Black-headed Gulls.

The lighter evenings means getting out after work and so a quick trip to Inner Marsh Farm RSPB was in order. Brilliant views of Ruff near the hide and even the ellusive Avocets put in an appearance.

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