Wednesday 2nd May 2012

   A report of 2 local Wood Warblers today, while i was at work. Took my chance to go to Aust Cliffs, on the remote chance the one there would be around still. A little wander around thinking 'no chance', but then a short rattle gave it away, it then sang and called quite often in the 15 minutes i had there. Only 15 minutes as i had arranged to pick my parents up, "oh well i can always come back down after", or so i thought! On the way i had a phone call to say there was a Squacco Heron at Chew!!!

Wood Warbler

   Originally identified distantly as a Cattle Egret, it was re-id'd when it flew over Herriots from the main lake. sadly when we arrived it had not been seen for half an hour. A wait of at least another half an hour and i relocated it at the back of the pool! It was very distant. The bird sat on top of a tree for 20 minutes before flying down, and was relocated by 2 birders in a field. As the last of the birders disappeared around the corner to view the field, the bird flew along the edge of Herriotts pool back towards the main lake. My camera settings were all wrong, but managed to get this poor record shot in flight. Hopefully will get better if its stays around???

Squacco Heron

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