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Thu 10th January 2019 21:52 by Bari Hooper
Hello Peter, Re Egret spotted in Newport

Thank you for the information.

Yours &C.,

Bari Hooper

Wed 2nd January 2019 11:31 by Peter Harvey
Dear Bari Thanks for the info. It is not my speciality, but Little Egret is nowadays one of a number of species that have expanded remarkably in recent times, probably related to climate change. However I believe they are usually found near the coast. The Essex Birdwatching Society state, link , "Increasingly common resident, passage migrant and winter visitor; first bred in 2000".
Tue 1st January 2019 19:47 by Bari Hooper
Egret spotted at Newport, ESSEX
January 1st 2019

I am aware that the Club does not normally cover ornithological matters, but as I am not a member of any birdwatching group I thought that the spotting of an egret might be of interest to some club members.

At 1.15 pm today I observed from a distance of about 50 yards a Little Egret (Egretta garzetta) standing on the southern edge of a rivulet known as Wicken Water (very low at the moment) where it passes through the middle of the village of Newport, in north-west Essex. When the bird became aware of my presence it lifted its head exposing its fairly long neck, before flying off in an easterly direction. I have seen many Little Egrets in Portugal, but never in England. To see such a bird in the UK at this time of the year seems extraordinary, I am not however an authority on birds. Any comments upon this sighting by Club members will be of interest.

Bari Hooper



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