Monday, 7 July 2014

Spoon buses!

July 7th - Little Marlow GP had no records of Spoonbill until May this year and now it's had 3! Well, it is very possibly the same bird 3 times - certainly the 2 May records a week apart looked to be the same adult bird and this morning I discovered a roosting adult on the spit in front of the island, which may be the same bird making a return visit.  It did very little in the short time available to me this morning other than stand on one leg with its bill in its back.  It did occasionally have a quick preen to show off its monstrous bill, but was still roosting when I left.  A couple of record shots taken into the sun:

A quick scan of the other birds viewable from the western bank revealed the regular adult Yellow-legged Gull, 4 Little Ringed Plovers, including an adult and 2 full grown juveniles in close proximity that may well be a local family group and a single Oystercatcher.  On the island heronry, the 3 full grown juvenile Little Egrets from the first nest were engaging in a lot of wing flapping and must surely make their maiden flights at any time.

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