The fact that Eurasian Spoonbill is breeding again in numbers in Britain is doubtless a factor in its more frequent summer appearances in the south of the country. The latest report of the Rare Breeding Birds Panel, published this week in British Birds (105: 352-416), confirms that after a handful of breeding attempts by single pairs in recent years, a colony of six pairs became established in Norfolk in 2010, with other summering birds elsewhere in East Anglia, and in Kent and Sussex.
|Adult Eurasian Spoonbill at Rainham RSPB, 7 July 2012. Unusually for the species, it was awake for long periods.|
|Spoonbill and Tuftie go head-to-head in an impromptu preen-off.|
|Disturbed by a passing Carrion Crow, the bird relocated to a quiet corner of the marsh ... and went to sleep.|