BLAGDON LAKE BIRDS

Western Cattle Egret



Western Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis (Linnaeus, 1758)

Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis (Linnaeus, 1758)

(Extremely rare vagrant)

  1. One, adult, 8th June 2009 (R. Curber, N.R. Milbourne et al.).

Roy Curber found an adult Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis sitting in a tree at 1610 hrs along the Burmah Road shoreline. He very kindly drove up to my house and Celia called me at work. I high-tailed it to the lake and met Roy, but despite searching for an hour we could not relocate the bird. I went home, rather disconsolently for my evening meal and then back to the lake for another look. Imagine my surprise, therefore, when, as I was looking through a herd of cattle on the farm at Long Bay, it flew in over my head and landed among the grazing cows at 2005 hrs. However, I couldn't see it on the ground and as I moved to try and get a better view, it flew up and over the farm buildings and out of sight. As I got further along the south side road to Hellfire Corner I spotted the bird again, sitting among the flooded branches of the Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo roost preening itself. I rang around the local birders and several made it to the lake before it flew into the willows and out of sight, presumably to roost. It was not seen the following day.

Bibliography (sources of information)

  1. Rose, Dr H.E. 2009. Avon Bird Report, 2009. Avon Ornithological Group.

Updated 3 January, 2018