Monday, 30 July 2012

Purple Heron #2

Stodmarsh 1/7/12

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.


  1. I hear a Purp has been seen again at Stod and a adult flew over Oare recently. Still not seen one. Is the camera being overhauled prior to the trip up North!! lol) joke.

    1. Read KOS report for Oare dated 30 July Our intrepid birder will update the blog with Purple Heron Chapter 3. Better than 50 shades, unless we see 47 more. At the moment they're like buses, you never see one then three come along at once! Arnie