Saturday, 30 August 2014

Little Egret an unexpected record

Ken observed six egrets flying down the valley from Hackney and watched them fly up the hillside over Masson yesterday morning. He managed to get a photos from about a mile distance, which I've included for interest. I think there is little doubt that the birds were Little Egrets.
Numbers of Little Egrets have increased dramatically in the UK since the turn of the century and can now numbers in hundreds on the South coast. There has been a corresponding increase in Derbyshire with August the peak month. Given the direction they were heading in they may turn up at Carsington Water.
Quiet on the moor this morning, the Black Redstart is still around, the Osprey was last seen on Tuesday.
Egrets over Masson

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