Having arrived at the pond with Dave at 10am the first
birds we noted were 3 Black Tern battling against a blustery south westerly
wind near e-buoy so contacted Paul C and Bob H who were on site. As we joined
Paul he had found 2 Redstarts by the water trough in the field below farborough
spit in a mixed flock of birds which included 3 Tree Sparrow and 5 Yellowhammers.
Heading back we kept an eye on the reservoir hoping for something to blow in
and was just by the fishing platform when Bob rang informing us he had found a
Cattle Egret in biggen bay, a first for Draycote. Naturally panic broke out as
all we could make out at first was four white blobs in the distance but once we
clarified which one we needed to concentrate on then some of its more salient features
became obvious – even more so when it was flushed by a fishermen’s boat accompanied
by 2 Little Egrets. It flew west along the north shore and dropped down out of
sight somewhere near the pool behind the old fishery.
Cattle Egret with Little Egrets by Bob Hazell
We tried looking for the bird in the grandborough valley after
learning that it was seen flying off behind the country park but saw nothing of
interest. Arrived home just before a beaming Bob arrived to take pictures of a
couple of moths Dave and I had overnight. Really pleased for him that his persistence
got its just reward after hours of plodding. The bird was relocated at the pond
and still present this evening but mobile. Hopefully it will roost.