Wednesday 27 May 2015

Enjoyable Birding Session at Stodmarsh

Great White Egret.

On bank holiday Monday the 25th May i popped over to Stodmarsh early morning to try and see the Great White Egret that has recently been seen on a regular basis from the Reed bed hide , i met Chidders & Martyn Wilson on site , after a short while a Kingfisher flew past the hide giving a brief but good view .

Kingfisher .

We could hear a distant Bittern " Booming " which is always a magical sound , then we saw the Great White Egret flying in from the Grove Ferry end , it circled round and then landed to the left of the hide.

Coming into land.

The Great White Egret had a bit of a walk around and after only a few minutes it was off again flying towards Collards ( we think ?) , it later reappeared in the afternoon.

Great White Egret.

We also saw two adult summer Med Gulls fly high over head , a bit to quick for a photo so here's one from Oare Marshes.

Med Gull . ( Photo taken at Oare )

Plenty of bird song plus a few Common Swifts , House Martins and a couple of Common Terns were seen , there was also several Marsh Harriers drifting around the reserve.

Having checked my bird list for the Stour Valley it turns out that the Great White Egret was a new species for me here which is a very welcome addition.


  1. Superb bird, aside from the size, wondering what the difference with little egret is. Head looks rather different...are the legs a different colour

    1. Hi Simon , apart from the size which is very different , the Little Egret have bright yellow feet which are noticeable mainly in flight plus an all black bill which GWE only have in breeding plumage


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