Parkgate: RSPB, Harriers & Egrets

Now having been out of action from volunteering for a few weeks now due to extensive work in college, I called in at Parkgate, Cheshire to help out the folk from RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands who where down today to engage with the public to highlight the work of the RSPB and the upcoming Big Garden Bird Watch.


Turn back the clocks 70 years and this was Parkgate, story of how became a salt marsh can be found on the Link.

The event would be 10:00-13:00 at the iconic Donkey Stand Flash along the promenade which for those of you which know your history, then turn back the clocks and Parkgate held host to some of the finest ships in the British Navy. Lord Nelson himself visited the historic port, now reclaimed by the salt marsh, where it is rumored that Britain’s top navel officer of all time had an affair with Lady Hamilton. But anyway, back to the birds…

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Great Egret (Ardea alba)

Whilst on my duties I took some time to take advantage of the latest creation from Viking Optics, the Kestrel 10×42 binoculars and put them to test in a worthy environment. In short I found the clarity & brightness outstanding, able to pick up Western Marsh Harrier several miles off on the salt marsh with no problem whats so ever. But this review will be coming at a latter time.

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Western Marsh Harrier (Cicus aeruginous)

Bird wise it started off relatively quiet with a single Great Egret out on the marsh, couple of Black-headed Gull and Northern Lapwing on the flash whilst the odd Western Marsh Harrier out and about. But as the day went on then things began to spice up with at the peak 12 Western Marsh Harriers all up in the air, two of which flushed a Eurasian Bittern! Which was subsequently followed by up count of 5 Great Egret and a surprise explosion of Common Snipe which together must have numbered 100c.

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Common Snipe (Galinago gallinago)

After our time at Parkgate was done then Dan & I drove back to RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands, a quick scan of the scrape reviled bugger all with a handful of Eurasian Teal & Wigeon and a catch up with Tony Lovett was the end of my time at BMW before moving on elsewhere. Having heard of the Western Cattle Egret still present on the outskirts of Puddington Village, I dedicated the remaining hour of daylight to seeing my 23rd Western Cattle Egret in the British Isles.Which, after several fields later the bird finally gave it’s self up with 19 Little Egrets before they departed to the Egret Roost at BMW.

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Western Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis)

*100 Miles for Cameron*

Thanks for reading,





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