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Saturday, April 27, 2024

Cattle Egret - a Lifer for Poland and Region

 This small Egret was my long-awaited bird for couple of years. Records were reported elsewhere in Poland regularly, recently from Lithuania. In April I was watching this small one feeding in meadows near Amsterdam in Netherlands. Almost no fear to walkers and other creatures.

So it was expected sooner or later and on 26th Apr 2024 news came via Polish Rarity Network and eBird that Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) was spotted near Rus/Wizna in Biebrza Valley by Jeremiusz Trzaska. We could contact Jeremiusz to confirm the record but anyway quick decision was obvious - me and Jarek Banach drove to Biebrza and Narew junction. On our arrival we could spot several Great White Egrets well visible from the bank but no Cattle Egret. We met Monika who told us no sign of Egret northwards. But soon after that news came via mobiles that its present few kms up the river.

We managed to arrive and spot feeding bird near and old river arm. It was really well viisble and not afraid of arriving cars. Finally! Long observation of foraging bird were really satisfacting.

Satisfacted and happy after Cattle Egret arrived!

eBird Hotspot - Biebrza NP - Rus area

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