Bird Watching (UK)

Winter herons

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Not so very long ago, if you said you had seen a heron in the UK, everyone would know you meant a Grey Heron (and many of us used the word heron interchang­eably with Grey Heron, just as kite meant Red Kite). These days, most of us (especially in the southern half of the country) will expect to encounter at least a couple of heron species on a given day in the field. Little Egrets are common now, in many areas, but the other egrets are also far from the genuinely ‘rare’ birds they were until recently.

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