Tuesday, 28 May 2013


A pair of egrets have been spotted along the Kilchoan-Ormsaigbeg shore. This looks like the little egret, Egretta garzetta - more about it here.

While they are becoming increasingly common in southern England and Wales, it's the first time we've seen them here.

They're very shy, and have already been 'moved on' by people approaching too close.

The arrival of egrets in southern Britain has often been quoted as evidence of a changing climate.  As far as we're concerned, it's lovely to see them - though we're not sure what the local grey herons are going to think of the competition.

Other birds spotted recently by visitors include corncrakes and sea eagles.


  1. Egrets, we've had a few, but then again, too few to mention.

  2. What a shame if they have flown away, we saw lots of them whilst on holiday in Tunisia a couple of years ago and they were nesting on top of the electric poles.

  3. Non, je ne egret rein!

  4. Duffish, you stole my joke!! I was going to write that ha ha. Thanks to Simon Drew for the pun