Air on a Cattle Egret


Mrs D was fiddlin’ with the Southport String Orchestra this afternoon at St Stephen’s Church in Hightown, so it was all hands to the pews.
Skipper Rothwell’s wife also plays with the group, but he was more vigilant than me on the way into Hightown, picking up a Cattle Egret amongst the sheep on the south side of North End Lane.
Luckily the Christmassy carols and lovely music ended mid-afternoon, cake was scoffed and tea was swilled, and I was able to spot the little white chicken opposite Moss Farm garden centre in the last of the fading afternoon light at about 4.15pm as we drove away from the concert – presumably one of the birds that have been hanging out at Marshside, but these days, you never know.


When I got back to Dempsey Towers, Phil Smith had already raised the alarm on the blog – many thanks Phil, and thanks for the pics of the bird here too.
Phil explains: “I was alerted yesterday by Tim Vaughan to a Cattle Egret in a sheep field south of North End Lane near Hightown, not far from the small garden centre at Moss Farm.
“This afternoon, it was right next to the road, completely ignoring the traffic. Very poor light unfortunately”.

4 thoughts on “Air on a Cattle Egret

  1. Hi John,
    I saw the Cattle Egret as I drove into Hightown around 0930, did a bit of a double-take!
    Saw it again right by the road as I left Hightown a couple of hours later.
    Great to see you on TV the other week, I really enjoyed the programme.
    Dave Byrne

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  2. With the countdown to Christmas under way, now is the perfect time to indulge in a wildlife friendly Christmas at RSPB Leighton Moss in Silverdale.
    Throughout December, families can take part in the free ‘Creatures of Christmas’ quiz trail to discover more about the wonderful wildlife that calls the reserve home in winter. Wildlife Explorer backpacks are also available to hire every day, to help little nature detectives uncover the natural world around them using bug pots, binoculars and more. Cost £2.50.
    Francesca Currie, Visitor Experience Manager at Leighton Moss said: “December is a great month to get outdoors with your family and discover the wonders of nature at Leighton Moss. Not only can visitors come and experience fantastic winter wildlife, like playful otters and magnificent marsh harriers but they can get their Christmas shopping done at the same time! We’ve got a wide selection of gifts and everything you need to help your garden wildlife survive the coldest months. Our staff and volunteers are always on hand to provide advice on the many ways you can help give nature a home where you live.”
    RSPB Leighton Moss is open every day except Christmas Day. For more information on events, wildlife spectacles and seasonal opening times, visit


  3. Marshside-Crossens, 1130-1445
    Common wader/wildfowl spp all over, but nothing unusual seen in poor and early-fading light. Pair Ravens south, cronking, over M1; 2 Merlins, 1 Peregrine on/over saltings. Possible Water Pipit briefly on Crossens Inner just across the Marine Drive from last winter bird’s patch, but light conditions precluded firm ID.Flock c15 Fieldfares in trees by Sewage Works.

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