Wednesday, 12 February 2020

Local birding at Lee Valley

I made the short trip to Lee Valley CP today and walked out to Hall Marsh to see if the Cattle Egrets were still there. On arrival I could see two Egrets roosting on an Island but closer inspection gave them up as Little Egrets. The flood held a number of Wigeon and Teal and several Lapwings and in the far corner was a single Cattle Egret. I grabbed a couple of images and watched as first Buzzard then Red Kite soared over the trees by the river Lee.

Cattle Egret
Easy to miss when it gets in the reeds
I walked back down the river and out to the Bittern Hide but with some disturbance as planning for the new hide takes place there was no sign of Bittern but the Parakeets exploited the feeders with the local tit flock.

Close up and personal with the Parakeets in front of the hide
Ring-necked Parakeet
Long-tailed Tit trying to hide behind the nuts
Blue Tit
I then walked to the far end of the lake and found a Red headed Smew roosting on a log.

Smew
A decent afternoon just a couple of miles from home.

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