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Tuesday, 12 March 2013

4 LITTLE EGRETS low S over Corner Hall offices, appeared to go down to roost at Durrants Hill (Two Waters) Fishery at 18.08.

4 LITTLE EGRETS is a record count for Corner Hall / Two Waters, though I have seen (presumably) these same four birds heading in the same direction to roost in the past over Gadebridge Park / W. Herts College, viewed from Queensway, Highfield. Due to this sighting & previous similar instances I am pretty sure that there is a small Little Egret roost at Durrants Hill (Two Waters) Fishery, of four & possibly up to six birds. (In the past, on more than one occassion, I have seen a Little Egret at dusk fishing in the stream opposite Mc Donalds there too.)

Four is the maximum I have seen together anywhere in the Hemel area & on those few occassions they were all at Piccotts End Pools. I believe the four seen today are the same four regularly seen at Piccotts End, Water End & Great Gaddesden & when in these areas in the early evening I often see individuals take flight & head S or SE to go to roost, following the River Gade, which would bring them to the same point.

I do have a feeling though that there may be at least one different bird that spends the day in the Boxmoor & Chaulden area, as one, & very occasionally two, Little Egrets are seen on Boxmoor & on the stream at Chaulden & I have witnessed a bird flying E along the canal at Corner Hall going to roost. As birds are very much creatures of habit I feel it is safe to assume this may be Little Egret number five.

Little Egret at Boxmoor, 14/01/13








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