|White Stork with crow entourage. Rather than carrying a baby, this tip scavenger appears to have found an old nappy!|
It actually did me a favour, as it turns out, with doubts over its origin and even identity surfacing subsequently. It's hard to tell from the distant phonescoped record shots, but the bill and legs appear blackish rather than red, somewhat suggestive of Oriental Stork (even if the dark-looking wings are not), while it also seems to be ringed, possibly indicative of a captive origin (ringed escapee White Storks are currently at large in Britain).
|The second Beddington stork was clearly unringed, and not Oriental ...|
|White Stork with a Grey Heron on the northern lake at Beddington.|
Species status | London: vagrant, occurring not quite annually but 1-3 records most years, with 18 individuals between 2000 and 2014 (during which there were four blank years). Most are fly-overs, with lingering or twitchable birds much rarer. | Britain: very scarce visitor, usually in spring and autumn and less so in summer, but several known escapes also at large. According to reports on BirdGuides.com, the latter are most frequent in Norfolk; other counties reporting escapes in the last five years include Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Cheshire, Cleveland, Cumbria, Durham, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, West Yorkshire and Wiltshire.