June 10th   Leave a comment

The little egret at Fife Ness this morning - no. 219 for the Crail list, but hopefully a much more regular visitor in the years to come as it continues to spread north

The little egret at Fife Ness this morning – no. 219 for the Crail list, but hopefully a much more regular visitor in the years to come as it continues to spread north

Some things work out beautifully. I was walking past Denburn at 8 this morning on my way to meet my lift to work when I got a phone message from John Anderson that he had just seen a little egret at Fife Ness. As I returned his call he came speeding past on his way back to Fife Ness with his camera. I jumped in, borrowed his binoculars and within 3 minutes was watching my first little egret for the Crail list. It was going to happen sooner or later – they are practically summering at the Eden and are breeding just south of the Forth. Still, I remember when they were great rarities in Britain when I was a boy and even as they become commonplace they are always great birds to see. A beautiful, pure white, heron. On a beautiful summer’s morning nothing could be better. I admired it catching sticklebacks for a bit in the pool by the golf course before the morning’s mowing sent it off to rocks further away. I even made it to work before 9.

If you look carefully at the photo you will see a ring on the egret’s left leg. I reported it in to the people in the UK that are colour-ringing them and hope to find out where this bird came from.

Posted June 10, 2015 by wildcrail in Sightings

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