A Congregation of Egrets

Yesterday evening on my home from work I stopped in at Southleaze. My first visit for a while and I was pleased to see that the lake has not been affected by all of the recent work in the area. In fact it is looking great with the Reeds having grown tremendously. The hoped for waders were not here but there were three Little Egrets and a couple of Herons along with thirty plus Mallards. I also looked in at Wroughton Reservoir where I saw three Little Grebe and a Moorhen. This morning I stopped off at Froxfield. No Sandpipers today but five Little Egrets, three Herons and a Lapwing were noted. On my way home from Wales this afternoon I drove along the M48 and alongside the motorway is a wetland area. There were at least forty Little Egrets scattered around the area. The most I have seen together in the UK.Southleaze Lake

Southleaze Lake

6 responses to “A Congregation of Egrets

  1. Hi Malc, where is this lake, is Southleaze part of the Wichelstowe development? It might be good for dragonflies as well as birds….Small Red-eyed Damselflies are back at the model boating pond at Coate W this year in good numbers [150+] so might be spreading elsewhere in the area. All they need is mats of algae supported by something like Rigid Hornwort under the water.

    • Hi Steve.
      It is a couple of minutes walk from the new Waitrose. The Canal through zwitchelstowe may be worth checking out especially the dead end to the west of the road from the pub towatds Waitrose alongside the motorway. I saw a lot of dragonflies there the other day.

  2. Steve, How much smaller is the SRED than the RED. Are there any other features to distinguish them beside size.

    • Hi Bob,
      SRED isn’t much smaller than Red-eyed but if you get a good view [of the male] the distribution of the blue on the ‘tail’ is more extended on SRED and is slightly different on the first segment near the thorax. If you don’t have a field guide that includes it then look at BDS website where you’ll see the differences. If there is a pair in tandem or in cop then the female has blue on it also whereas Red-eyed females are yellow/green. Hope that helps.

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