15th January 2012 – Great White Egret is back…

I was up for first light and nipped over to Campfield Marsh before the crowds arrived- my target was the over wintering Great White Egret and as I neared the layby I could see the bird flying towards the scrape – bingo! This bird had disappeared for several weeks but has now returned to the area that it was first found in, and made a welcome addition to the year list.

Several skeins of Barnies flew past…

Great White Egret enjoying the Solway view (it's on the left!)

Then this afternoon we had ride over to the Cumbrian west coast, stopping first at Maryport Harbour to search through the gulls. No white-wingers here so down to Siddick where a Bittern gave us a superb fly-past, and a Raven cronked overhead. I was hoping to get some pics of Bittern but then I had a text from Craig saying he had two Iceland Gulls at Whitehaven. With not much daylight left we decided to leave Siddick and soon arrived at Whitehaven where Craig and Keith were thankfully still on one of the gulls. It was miles offshore and sat on the water, but rounded off a nice few hours.

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