Egrets but no Hares and climate change.

April 10, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Some worrying news.

I've spent the last couple of weeks at my usual/favourite Brown Hare site..... with hardly any sightings. The numbers seem to have crash this year. Last year on most days you would be guaranteed seeing at least 10-12 hares. This year the most I have seen is 3 and some days I haven't seen any at all. As an estimate I would say numbers are down about 70-80%.

 

One animal I did see were Little Egrets. Now these birds are one of the few success stories of our wildlife on these isles. I don't thing we, as humans, can take much credit for it. I can remember the first time I saw a Little Egret. It must have been about 15 years ago in Portsmouth Harbour. Now they have spread as far north as Scotland. 

This pair seemed to be hanging around so hopefully they will nest somewhere close by. Here are a few images. Little Egret portrait 4Little Egret portrait 4Little Egret, Egretta garzetta, adult, standing in field looking at camera, Spring, Powys, Wales Little Egret pairLittle Egret pairLittle Egret, Egretta garzetta, adult, pair side by side wading in shallow water, Spring, Powys, Wales Little Egret wading in pondLittle Egret wading in pondLittle Egret, Egretta garzetta, adult, wading in pond with blurred background, Spring, Powys, Wales

Little Egret eating a wormLittle Egret eating a worm Little Egret looking for foodLittle Egret looking for foodLittle Egret, Egretta garzetta, adult, wading in pond looking for food, Spring, Powys, Wales Little Egret in flightLittle Egret in flight

Are we getting more Little Egrets because of climate change? Is climate change as well as intensive farming practices (and of course Hare coursing) causing Hare numbers to drop?

Also here are a couple of very worrying environmental stories from the last few days. Being as these are taking place on different sides of the planet I think we should all sit up and take notice. Especially our politicians.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-39524196

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/apr/06/huge-fleet-icebergs-north-atlantic-shipping-lanes


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