I have often thought that the habitat at both inflows is ideal for a Night Heron. So well done and a BIG Thank you to Alan , who first noticed it on Saturday, and John for rediscovering it in the rain today(Wednesday).
This is a first summer.
Some happy county birders were very pleased! There are only 7 county records, the last was 1984. Some Night Herons are kept in captivity, but they are normally rung. This individual had no rings, so hopefully it is a genuine vagrant. Night Herons have a world wide distribution and breed in northern France and Holland.
Hopefully ,if not disturbed, this bird will stay around for the summer.
Night Heron are most active after dark. There are plenty of frog and toadlets for it to feed on and tall willows to roost in during the day.
A pair of Spotted Flycatchers have returned to a past breeding site which is good news.
Orchids are blooming at both Brown's Wood and Bagworth heath. I think these are Early Purple Orchid.
A Coot was admiring her offspring. There are also at least two broods of Great crested grebes. Today a fly over Red Kite was a tick for the Thornton year list. Butterflies seen on Sunday at Brown's wood included Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Large Skipper and Brimstone.