|Great White Egret|
At 3pm I left for my beloved marsh near Capestang full of anticipation. The weather was strange - high cloud but very still and quite mild. Starting my walk I was immediately aware of egrets flying about and it was not long before I deduced that 4 Great White Egrets were present amongst about 20 Little Egrets. Looking up 2 Black Kites were interacting with five Marsh Harriers. A single Buzzard was hunting the marsh and a Short-toed Eagle passed over high up.
|Female Marsh Harrier|
I was surprised that the marsh was not full of warbler song but it was almost silent. Half a dozen Bearded Tits were reasonably active but I did hear 3 Moustached Warblers and eventually one brief snatch of Reed Warbler song. Little Grebes and Water Rails were noisy and 4 Blue-headed Wagtails were present on the path.
After a while Purple Herons began to make an appearance and 6 were located during the visit. Scoping a large area of shallow water was productive. Four Black-winged Stilts and 2 Snipe were busy feeding but 2 Glossy Ibis were my first for the site. I turned to head back and by now hundreds of Swallows, House Martins and Sand Martins were feeding over the marsh and c50 Swifts were high up overhead.
By the time I got back to the car the rain started. It was a strange darkish day so no new photos today.