Almost forgot to mention that on Monday I had a very, very brief visit to Old Moor, and managed to spot the three little egrets that are reportedly still there.
One of the only good things about climate change is the spread northwards of little egrets (and seeing a few pretty white herons by no means makes up for it, of course!). These birds first reached Britain in any numbers as recently as 1989, and first bred in Dorset in 1996. They are still primarily birds of the south and east of the country, but a quick peek at the species’ profile on BirdGuides shows that there’s quite a few sightings going on around the country at the moment, in places as far apart as Warwickshire, Cambridgeshire, Nottinghamshire, Conwy, and Cumbria. I suspect they may be a lot more common in years to come.
They’re brilliant little birds and well worth seeing – another of those I never expected to get on my list so easily!