Main herd of cattle were moved (with great difficulty) from Catcott Lows about 16:00 Wednesday 10th Oct. Two dozen Cattle egrets looking baffled and disgruntled.
Kingfisher on reeds.
20 cattle egret and 1 great white egret just outside the hide. Kingfisher sitting on the reeds
At least 24 Cattle Egrets with cattle and around the car-park scrape this morning, a single Snipe and a Kestrel was about the only other birds of note.
I arrived a little later and the standoff became a full on beak joust and attempted drowning!
12 Cattle Egrets this morning, also 2 GW Egrets, a Wheatear and 2 male Kingfishers - the latter in what looked like a territorial stand-off as they faced each other, perched a foot apart, with neck stretching and head bowing motions that went on for at least 15 mins - still at it when I left.
At least six Whinchats passing through today, a couple actually landing on the scrape islands as did a dozen Meadow Pipits who I assume are heading in the opposite direction. This increases my unwritten list of birds on the ‘Scrape’ as did a juvenile Hobby who came in and had a drink from the bank here on Thursday last. Hundreds of Swallows and some House Martins heading south today!
05-Sep-2018 at 14:30 hrs.
45 Cattle Egrets in two flocks: 32 loafing on the hide scrape, plus a further 13 that flew up and landed back among the distant cattle. Also a single Little Egret looking strangely out-of-place among them.
Went back to Catcott Lows this afternoon to try for some video footage - not very successful as birds mostly at far back of reserve, but eventually together with Gary Thoburn and Dean Reeves we managed a conservative in flight count of at least 40 Cattle Egrets (30+6+4), wonderful to see!!
Having seen 15 Cattle Egrets, including 3 juvs, at Catcott Lows on the 29-Aug; this morning 18 flew in at 11:50 soon to be followed by another 2 making 20 in all. As we watched, one then flew to the scrape from the distant main rhyne with a large prey item dangling from its bill. This eventually turned out to be a water vole which, after dunking in the shallows several times, it eventually managed to swallow whole - photos later on my Twitter feed @levelsbirder
Also, a Grt White Egret, single Hobby and Marsh Harrier, 2 Wheatears, and what was possibly a Green Sandpiper (white rump) distantly in flight.
4 Cattle Egrets, 1 Great White Egret, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 kestrel, 2 Marsh Harriers and lots of Lapwing in front of the hide this afternoon between 15.30 and 1700hrs.
Footage of the Cattle Egrets hunting bugs in the grass here;
15 cattle egrets, 1 great white egret, 1 little egret
My first real wader on the bank of the new’scrape’ this afternoon. A Green Sandpiper! it only stayed for a few minutes, disturbed by the Mute Swan family present with 5 Cygnets it felt outnumbered and headed off north. 10 Cattle Egrets (including one youngster still with a black bill) were on the reserve occasionally flying off to the Cattle on the north border of the reserve then returning. A flock of some 20+ Lapwing dropped in half way back and then out of sight.
This afternoon from the scrape hide; 8 Canada Geese, 1 GW Egret, 1 Little Egret, c12 Cattle Egrets. Some of these appear to be juveniles but were hard to see in the long grass.
Also a Spot Fly near the other hide.
Brief visit this afternoon saw one each of Little Egret and GW Egret seemingly finding plenty of food on the margins of the new scrape. About 35 Canada Geese on spoil heaps. Small unidentified wader landed close to pump house and disappeared!!
2 GWE’s keeping close company on scrape this morning. One had purple rings the other didn’t appear to be ringed. 3 roe deer and cattle egrets on far side of reserve.