Category Archives: Storks, Herons and allies

The Whiston Cattle Egret

Northamptonshire’s 6th Cattle Egret was found by Neil Underwood this morning, close to the site of last month’s White-fronted Goose grazing area alongside the River Nene, at Dunkleys, between Whiston and Earls Barton. Around midday it moved a few hundred … Continue reading

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The Daventry Glossy Ibis

Wow! A Northamptonshire rarity, an adult Glossy Ibis, made landfall at Daventry Country Park today. Found by Mark Spirito on the southern shoreline, just after 09.20, the news was put out immediately and a handful of birders, quick off the … Continue reading

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The Summer Leys Spoonbills

Ageing and Local Status Summer Leys, early morning on 7th May. A steady trickle of interesting waders throughout the previous day had encouraged a handful of birders to occupy Pioneer Hide in readiness for ‘the big one.’ As it happened … Continue reading

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Quark, strangeness and charm

The Ditchford Night Heron Ditchford’s recently discovered adult Night Heron – Northamptonshire’s tenth – is continuing to draw the local crowds with around 30 birders enjoying the best views yet of this bird last night. It’s still not the easiest … Continue reading

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‘black-fronted’ Heron

Receiving far less attention than the nearby Ring-necked Duck, this ‘black-fronted’ Grey Heron proved to be quite a striking bird. At first sight it may be easy to assume it is oiled but closer examination reveals a rather uniform density … Continue reading

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French Made

Clues to the origin of our Great White Egrets Tempting as it is to believe that our Great White Egrets originate from The Netherlands (and some may well do so) it appears that the colour-ringed individual currently at Pitsford Reservoir … Continue reading

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White Noise

Great White Egrets in Northamptonshire I remember when they were rare. A long drive to Scaling Dam Reservoir in North Yorkshire with Chris Ingram in June 1974 ended in a car crash, the journey to site completed by bus, followed … Continue reading

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