In recent weeks I have discovered a large concentration of Little Egrets at my local patch, Staunton Harold Reservoir. Up to 20 birds have been present, (3rd largest flock in the Trent Valley so far this year) but there seems to be a consistent flock of around 15 birds sticking together. Fish fry must be easily available for them and the low water level is obviously helping. There are also 15 “Redhead” Goosander present, sometimes feeding with or along side the Egrets. Goosander is quite a rare bird at Staunton Harold, so 15 together is the largest flock here for many years. Several Grey Herons were also showing well this am.
Still good numbers of Grey Lag Geese around and also a pair of Kingfisher are present, several Little Grebe and the first returning Wigeon I Have seen, flew over my head whilst photographing the Egrets, a flock of around 45. My year list for the site is now on 93.
Little Egret – above 7 images – Staunton Harold Reservoir, Derbyshire – Tony Davison©
Grey Heron – above 3 images – Staunton Harold Reservoir, Derbyshire – Tony Davison©