FRIDAY 28 DECEMBER
Another day, another wave of heavy rain showers and result: lots more flooding. Continuing very mild though.
A lot of disturbance in the CHESS VALLEY today, particularly from shooting, thus causing the GREAT WHITE EGRET to retreat from view and relocate to quieter, private stretches of the river. Was feeding as usual at Mill Farm Water Meadows for a while, and returned there from 1320 hours. Quite a few watchers too, perhaps 15 in all.
LITTLE EGRETS numbered 9 again, mostly concentrated between Latimer Bridge and Crestyl Cressbed.
Two pairs of Mute Swan in the lower stretch, including female 'T2L', whilst the GREYLAG GOOSE was near the road 100 yards SW of Latimer Bridge.
Other species noted included 3 Grey Herons, 2 Common Buzzards, 8 Goldcrests, 4 Jays, Grey Wagtail, Song Thrush and Common Treecreeper