little-egret

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02/04/17-Pennington 

Pictured: 

1. Little Egret, great to see a few fishing really closely today and walking through the water I saw the beauty in them that you often get up close and it reminded me why they’re one of my favourite birds. 

2. Looking towards the Isles of Wight, you could see it so clearly on this sunny afternoon. 

3. Buzzard soaring against a blue sky 

4. A landscape 

Wildlife Sightings Summary: My first Sand Martin of the year taking my year list to 129 making it higher than where any other year list in my life was on this date, I saw a few flying at the end and it was my first hirundine of 2017 and when you see these you know spring is well established so it felt great to see these on a sunny day. I also saw; four of my favourite birds the Buzzard, Little Egret, Shelduck and Great Crested Grebe, Spotted Redshank, Redshank, Oystercatcher, Turnstone, Lapwing, Black-tailed Godwit, Teal, Wigeon, Shoveler, Pintail, Mallard, Moorhen, Coot, Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull, Meadow Pipit, Stonechat, Goldfinch, Blackbird, bees, one of my favourite butterflies the Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock and I heard Cetti’s Warblers and Skylarks.

Today I saw :

This little egret standing in a tree over the canal-ditch thing (I previously saw it fishing in it two days ago)

A plate full of tomato and cucumber slices on the ground

A shopping cart in the middle of the street (this was a few meters from the plate above)

(A grey heron standing in some kind of evergreen, facing the camera) This guy (also over the canal/ditch thing but a bit further)

(Same heron, but with its neck extended) Then some rooks flew over cawing and it used its telescopic powers to look around

(Same heron, facing left, with its crest raised) It was a false alarm, but it looked like it might be nervous, so I left. The quality of my pictures is too poor to show it, but it had really beautiful yellow eyes. 

I also saw many starlings, which surprised me, as I thought they migrated south, another escaped shopping cart (but in the ditch, so kind of sad) the remains of a trash fire, and a single cherry tomato in the grass (companion to the plate ?).