Cattle egret: Sheffield Bottom, March 20th – April 3rd still

A very rare bird in Berkshire, this cattle egret is based near the Hosehill LNR. It spends most of its time around the friesians at Home Farm (just south of the reserve). It’s also been seen to fly to the island on Hosehill for a break and Theale, Main pit to roost

This is a google map, centering on the field it spends most of the day in

You can park just outside the entrance to the police college – click to show the street view of the place

From there you can view the field to your north. There is a public footpath which skirts the western side of the field which may give better views if the cows (& bird) are at the top of the field but please don’t drive up the footpath (which ends in a private road to the farm)

The farmer is justifiably twitchy about having lots of bird watchers around his breeding herd

Here’s a link to other Theale area sites

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