Haven't been out too much recently with various things going on. But there has been a couple of trips since the last post.
A trip to Stodmarsh was on the cards due to the reports of a Purple Heron at the Oxbow and to see a brilliant bird like this on one of the local patches would be great.
We parked up at Stodmarsh and then walked through to the Oxbow. On the way there, missing the hide, we saw Wood Pigeon, Herring Gull, Jackdaw, Whitethroat, Blackcap, Greylag Geese, Grey Heron, Coot, Moorhen, Great Crested Grebe, Swift, Shoveler, Marsh Harrier, Mallard, Sand Martin, Cormorant, Chiffchaff, House Martin, Hobby, Robin, Long Tailed Tit, Sedge Warbler, Pied Wagtail, Starling, Green Sandpiper, Black Headed Gull, Crow, Little Ringed Plover (a new one for the year). We then came across a group of birders all looking at the Purple Heron and once directed we could pinpoint the elusive bird, only the head could be seen before it disappeared further into the reeds. Once it had gone and the rain came the group of birders quickly dispersed. On the way back we picked up Lesser Black Backed Gull, Linnet, Reed Bunting, Bearded and Blue Tit.