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Steph Posted 13-Feb-2017 18:24
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Hi guys, me again. 


There's been all sorts of strange birds this year up the River Ayr, most we've been able to identify with the help of the bird book and those Little Grebes you guys managed to solve for us but I seen another at the weekend. 

Unfortunately it just flew by and I didn't get a picture, but I got a look at it when it did. What caught my eye was that it was bright white, no other markings at all and I seen it's legs stretching behind it with this bright shock of yellow for feet. I didn't see it's head but the little look I got told me it must have been like a heron/wader bird. It actually put me in mind of the Egrets we see all the time on holiday to Florida, so I just assumed we had something similar where we are. 

Checked the bird book when I got home and managed to find the Little Egret in my British bird book but according to it they only live in Southern Britain and Ireland. So it's not really anywhere near where I am in Scotland I really wish I had a photo, but guess I just wanted to know if they travel up this far for any reason? Or is there another bird I'm maybe just not finding that this could possibly be?

Thanks for any help
Steph

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Karmann65 Posted 14-Feb-2017 07:11
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Hi Steph

Little Egrets are quite a regular sight here in Lancashire and I've seen them on Anglesey also. With brilliant white feathers, black legs and bright yellow feet this seems to fit the description perfectly.
I always think of them as quite exotic looking for a UK bird but it seems they're quite a hardy species so it's no surprise you're seeing them even further north.

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Steph Posted 18-Feb-2017 17:36
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Thanks Karmann, 

If it hadn't been for the bright white colour I could have dismissed it as maybe a small heron or something but it really caught my eye when it went flying past us. 

They do look quite exotic for staying here in the UK, I'm much more used to the browns, blacks and more natural colours that the birds need to keep camouflaged in our not so sunny weather. 

I will be keeping an eye out for this Little Egret in hope of it's return so that I can get a photo. It may have just been passing through and not here to stay, so I am glad I seen it that day

Steph

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