Little Egret

We have had a sighting of a Little Egret in the village. This is only the second time it has been recorded in the parish, the first one was one seen flying overhead on its way to roost at Rye Harbour on 1st December 2011. Many thanks to Valerie Richardson for this  –  Little Egret  viewed two days running for several hours at a time – 19th and 20th Jan.  We watched it through binoculars for quite a while. A fox walked up from the woods (very dark coat) and stood quite close to the Little Egret – only a couple of metres away. The fox then came right up to our next door neighbour’s house before walking back to the woods. I expected the Little Egret to take to the sky but it stayed feeding in water-logged ground in the field behind our garden in New Cut. Here is a link from the RSPB – Anyone wishing to see one of these birds should go to Pett Level or Rye Harbour where they are regularly seen. Good news the Little egret returned on 24th. Click on photos to enlarge. Photos by Valerie & Dave. P1020387 DSC_0332DSC_0333 DSC_0334     Dave —Ralph

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  1. mick erends

     /  January 24, 2015

    there has been a little egret present below brede bridge area for at least a month, having sighted it several times both sides of the river..not sure if this is within the westfield boundry?

    • Thank you Mick, click on useful links and then parish boundery, then maybe you could say if it was within the parish.


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