Another record breaking morning at Old Moor, 26 Little Egrets left the roost between 05.21 and 05.39. Arrived at the Wath Ings hide at 05.00 and could hear the Egrets calling as I approached the hide which was worrying, I hoped they hadn't left already. Couldn't see any, not surprising really as it was still dark, anyway the calling continued and the first 14 left at 05.21. Followed by 6 at 05.28, 1 at 05.30 and finally 5 at 05.39, 8 birds left down the valley and 18 left up the valley. This weekend is usually the peak time for Little Egrets, who knows if they have peaked or not.
A juvenile Marsh Harrier flew over the Willow Pool towards the Reedbeds at 06.00 and landed in the Cuckoo Tree, it was still there at 07.00 when I left. Other birds seen this morning included the following:- Black Tailed Godwit 16, Lapwing 600+, Golden Plover 2, LRP 2, Ringed Plover 1, Greenshank 1, Green Sandpiper 1, Common Sandpiper 3, Barn Owl 1, Moorhen on Field Pool with 6 newly hatched chicks.
Last night I counted 25 Little Egrets into roost, other sightings much as this morning plus Redshank 1, Common Tern 1 and Swift 100+ which appeared just before dark. Also at 21.00 a group of 25 Lesser Black Backed Gulls dropped onto the Main Marsh.