Managed to catch up on a couple of local rare birds over the weekend. For several weeks now 2 Cattle Egret have been faithful to a sheep field adjacent to the main road into Newton Solney and the River Trent. The Birds of Derbyshire states Cattle Egret as a rare vagrant to our county with only 6 records to 2009. The last one I saw in Derbyshire was in 1996, at Swarkestone.
Another local rarity, a juvenile Black-throated Diver has taken up residence at Albert Village Lake, Leicestershire, near Swadlincote. Not far away from the Derbyshire border.cAlbert Village Lake is also very good for gulls, as they come off the local tip and on to the lake to bath and clean themselves. I managed a juvenile Iceland Gull and a 2nd winter Caspian Gull. There was also a good number of Little Grebe, offering great photo opportunities. My year list has moved on to 141.
Cattle Egret – Newton Solney, Derbyshire – Above 3 images – One of the 2 birds present. Note the new breeding plumage feathers appearing. All yellow bill and greyish legs help to tell apart from Little Egret – Tony Davison©
Black-throated Diver – Juvenile – Above 2 images – Albert Village Lake – Note the large white flank patch, a diagnostic feature of this species of diver. – Tony Davison©