Archive for October 26th, 2008

26th October 2008, Sunday

The West Hythe Green Heron

Mike Prince, Bob Greenhalf and I drove over to Hythe this morning to pay our respects to this American vagrant, the eighth in the British Isles and the first since Anglesey in 2005 (previous records came from Jersey, Guernsey, Cornwall, Lincs, Yorks and Lothian). Despite the wind and drizzle we had good views of the bird across the Royal Military Canal, standing in the open and clambering about the reeds. The poor light and rain didn’t help with the photography but I did manage to get a few passable shots (left-click on image to enlarge). The bird was first reported midday yesterday but is thought to have been present since Thursday.

26th October 2008, Sunday

Green Heron

The Rare Bird Alert has news of an extreme rarity in the RX area.

GREEN HERON still 8.20am 2mls west of Hythe at West Hythe on Royal Military Canal near dam (probably for 4th day). From West Hythe Royal Military Canal picnic site car park walk c.400yds to canal dam.