The Cattle Egret apparently remains by the Ouse, and it’s interesting to see the number of other sightings from the area increase as the egret pulls in admirers.
Yesterday, a female Marsh Harrier was reported – the first local record I’ve heard of for some time – and the season’s first Short-eared Owl was reported the day before. The Great White Egret seen at Southease on New Year’s Day was seen again a little way south at Piddinghoe.
Frankly, given the fairly thin coverage of the valley you wonder how many good birds go undetected without the ‘trigger’ of a national rarity to bring in observers.
Also, a good report from Michael Hawkins of two Short-eared Owls on the downs above Berwick and Alciston on Dec 31st. (all records per SOS).