Sunday, 18 January 2015

A new bird on our beck.

This week a Little Egret has been seen in our fields on the beck.  Very exciting news.   The bird has been slowly moving towards the North of England but this is the first one we have seen.

The beck, which runs through most of our fields, has a plentiful supply of minnows, bullheads and small trout and already supports a pair of kingfishers and a pair of grey heron, so we are hoping that this Little Egret will bring a mate along and stay with us.

I tried to copy and paste a photograph to show you but had no success, but if you want to see what it looks like (pure white with a crest and with black legs and a yellow bill) there are loads of pictures of it on various sites.

It is snowing lightly here, very icy and bitterly cold.   Keep warm.

 

13 comments:

Heather said...

What a treat for you and your neighbours. It's always exciting when a 'new' bird arrives in the locality. I hope it decides to stay and rear a family.
Stoke up the logburner and find a good book, or two!

Cro Magnon said...

I saw a field-full recently; never seen them here before. Perhaps they know something we don't!

yael said...

We have some here. My grandson told me that where ever you see Egrets there must bo also smurfs.

Tom Stephenson said...

That's exciting indeed. I hate to say this, but I am still getting someone singing on your blog. It's a bit disconcerting, but i'm almost getting used to it.

John Gray said...

Cold here too.......fire lit at 09.00
First time this year

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

How exciting - a new bird. The Cardinal is slowly making its way westward - but so far only up to the Rocky Mountains - guess that is one big barrier to overcome so we can see their bright red feathers in our trees.

It is rainy here - chilly but not bad, and I'll take that any day over cold and snow.

MorningAJ said...

That IS a long way north. Very exciting.

Joanne Noragon said...

I am very fond of egrets. I found them two years ago; they stop by me a day or two, in their migration. I hope you egret starts a family.

Mac n' Janet said...

Always exciting when a new bird moves in to the neighborhood. Lately we've had a pair of ducks in the lagoon out back. Due, quite probably, to the alligator that also lives there, we don't get many water fowl. Big herons who can fend for themselves, but not ducks.

Gwil W said...

The only place I've seen them is in the Norfolk Broads.

angryparsnip said...

How very exciting about the Egret!
And if your lucky according to @yael grandson you will have Smurfs. That is so wonderful.
Sorry to hear about the bitter cold.

cheers, parsnip

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

About twenty years ago I saw a single bird on the Solent. They've been moving north ever since. Did you realise that the RSPB was originally formed to protect the Little Egret by some women who objected to the plumes from the bird being used in ladies hats?

The Weaver of Grass said...

Cro - I am so envious - a field full. How exciting. And Gwil says
he saw one on the Norfolk Broads - the farmer and I are going to Suffolk for our holidays this year and intend to spend a day on the Broads, an area I know well - so maybe we shall see another. Thanks for calling in.