GREAT WHITE EGRET
Over the last 30-odd years there has been an egret revolution in the UK. Now, it is quite possible to see more Little Egrets than Grey Herons in the average day’s birdwatching. In the last few years, a new egret has snuck in with very little fuss. Though less than 20 years ago considered a bona fide rarity, Great White Egrets are now barely noteworthy in some parts of the country. It will not be long before they are regular breeding birds across the UK. That said, they are still great birds and if you don’t have one (or more) on your #My200birdyear, you should get out and see one (or more), this month. They are much bigger than Little Egrets, often standing taller than Grey Herons. Outside the breeding season, they have orange bills. And at all times, the long neck has a distinctive ‘kink’ in it.