Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Catty from a Ducati

Cattle egret continues to steal the show – for the last few days its been either in the Treatment Works compound or in the car park offering very close in views – such as for kittyducati (aka Mandy) in her brilliant photo on the Flickr page here. HVWG also got another great shot here (all much to the detest of the local mistle thrushes!):

Amongst other pics appearing are those on Steve’s and Dave Ware’s blogs.

Today there was a lot of construction work in the compound so it had vacated back to Easingwold Farm – a passing mobile phone pic in-keeping with my current run of quality images showing the un-missable white blob here:

More of a sighting though came further up the road as you make the turn off the A164 lay-by into Tophill – just south of the road (opposite the beware of the bull sign) over the hedge is Watton Beck which passes through a field where the cattle have formed a wallow on the banks. 3 (presumed) little egrets were feeding here – we didn’t have time to stop but may be one to check out.

Elsewhere Sunday turned up drake pintail and female garganey on D reservoir. On Watton the two smew, 3 black tailed godwit, a water rail and a long eared owl were seen.

Monday saw the addition of bittern coming in to roost on South Marsh West at 17:05.

This and others including a fly over knot on Sunday now bring the Tophill year-list up to 97 for the year to date – thanks to HVWG for the running total - who's going to bag 100?