Red-flanked Bluetail - Again

Sunday 9th March 2014

I spent this morning back at Shire Valley near Marshfield to see the wintering RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL again; it was most pleasant to spend more time with this bird in the lovely warm sunshine. A 'few' more photos below:
This Red-tailed Bumblebee was also at Shire Valley:
Also nice to see lots of Brimstone and a few Peacock butterflies, and several Buff-tailed Bumblebees around Shire Valley; and a few Brimstones in the garden back at home.

Yesterday I managed to catch up with the Spoonbill at WWT, and a very smart adult Mediterranean Gull was on South Lake also two sinensis types among the Cormorants; a male Kingfisher at South Finger was a county year tick, as was a singing Chiffchaff near Martin Smith hide.
Adult Mediterranean Gull, WWT South Lake
Male Kingfisher, WWT South Finger
Sinensis Cormorant, WWT South Lake
Last Saturday (1st) I saw four Smew at pit 43/65 in the Cotswold Water Park, also three Goldeneyes and two Goosanders.
Male Smew, Cotswold Water Park
Two Smew
Female Reed Bunting, Shorncote, Cotswold Water Park
My best bird of late though has to be a GREAT WHITE EGRET near home, a patch Mega, in the early morning of 25th February. A moment of magic, as it flew over the road with three Grey Herons just past The Pilot as I was on my morning jog.


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