Mild WSW light wind, mainly overcast, but it remained dry.
I went to where we estimated that they were last night. There are some fairly substantial clumps of weed around but it’s not widespread
|It may not be widespread, but this gut weed is like a banquet compared to any |
other area around here, no wonder they sneak in under cover of darkness (MD)
Tim returned in the evening to check their movements at dusk, unfortunately somewhat thwarted by some "late" dog activity.
45+ were down by the playground until just after 16.10 when flushed by a dog. All previous times I’ve seen them put to flight they’ve landed pretty close by, but this time they flew 600m and landed on the water in the armpit of the Skear. 20 minutes later there were only three still in the water, the rest were a few metres away on land. At 16.40 they took to the air and initially headed towards Morecambe, but switched direction and landed in the water maybe 50-100m from shore. No dogs seen to be involved. 16.50-16.55 they were just visible through binoculars- some in the water at the end of the spike of the Skear and some on the Skear itself. At this point I ran out of light!
|Little Egret in the same area - picture by Kevin|