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Little Egret

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Common Name Little Egret
Scientific Name Egretta garzetta
Status Frequent
Interest Level
Related Species Herons, Egrets and Bitterns
Flower Visible
  • 01 - January
  • 02 - February
  • 03 - March
  • 04 - April
  • 05 - May
Look for A white heron with black bill and black legs
Habitat Reference

A distinctive pure white bird with long legs and neck. Seen near water across Dorset.


Contributors to the Nature of Dorset have seen this species at these locations:

Please note that the markers show APPROXIMATE locations of the observation, not exact locations! You can find often find out more information about location by looking at the original tweet. Click on any marker to see the name of the location and then click on the location name to see more details about the site where available.

This chart shows the number of records per site for this species. Hover over any column to see the site and the number of records:

This chart shows the number of records per month for this species where there are records (see note below):

The intention of this chart is to show which months during the year this species is most likely to be seen. The total per month is across all years; to see the total for a particular year select that year in the filter at the top.

This chart shows the number of records per day for this species for up to the last 30 days for which there are records for this species (see note above). Hover over any column to see the date and the number of records:

These are some photographs of this species that have accompanied tweets from Twitter contributors. Click/tap a photo to see the original version.

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I had just retired and bourght my new camera and lenses and decided that I'd seeif I could get some...
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This shows the feather plumes. You can just about see his bright yellow feet under the water.
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Little Egret, Holes Bay
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21/01/2017 - 20:30
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24/04/2017 - 17:15
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Several Little Egrets on the Brownsea Lagoon yesterday - this one nice and close to the hide #dorsetwt #dwtbrown
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25/05/2017 - 11:15
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Little Egret , Holes Bay
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25/07/2017 - 17:30
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Great White Egret with Little Egret , Middlebere Snap @SimonKidner
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18/08/2017 - 19:32
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26/08/2017 - 20:27
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Little Egrets feeding in the shallows on a beautiful morning at Ferrybridge

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17/11/2017 - 18:19
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01/12/2017 - 19:37
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12/01/2018 - 16:32
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The original tweets from which these records have been derived:

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Record Datesort ascending Recorded at Recorded by Tweet
12/01/2018 - 16:32 Brian Whalley

@harbourbirds Holten lee

06/01/2018 - 12:12 Two Owls Birding

Cattle Egret with 30+Little Egrets & 2 Egyptian Geese Lewell Barn, Lewell Mill @DorsetBirdClub

30/12/2017 - 12:24 Mark Wright

Little Egret Holton Lee, Poole Harbour, Dorset @LHoltonLee @harbourbirds @DorsetWildlife

28/12/2017 - 12:11 Bob Ford

33 little egrets near river Frome at West Stafford

23/12/2017 - 22:29 Retweet

RT @GoadPhotography: Holes Bay North this afternoon. Wigeons, Avocets, Little Egret, Kingfisher, and others. @harbourbirds @PoolePost @Pool…

17/12/2017 - 19:00 Retweet

RT @DebbiePtweet: @DorsetBirdClub @DorsetWildlife @harbourbirds @PooleParkLife Thank you! Also some little egrets in Poole Park yesterday h…

09/12/2017 - 11:58 Paul Harris

Shitterton: Little Egret on the stream and a decent sized group of Siskin on the Alders. Bere Regis cress beds: 2…

01/12/2017 - 19:37 Tony Furnell

Egret at Holton Lee @LHoltonLee @harbourbirds @wildnature @Dorsetmag @DorsetWildlife @wildnature @Dorsetecho

25/11/2017 - 10:43 Nick Urch

Cattle Egret still at Chilcombe in the Bride Valley. Also 18 Little Egrets & 3 Fieldfares. Earlier at Abbotsbury Ga…

17/11/2017 - 18:19 Debby Saunders

Little Egrets feeding in the shallows on a beautiful morning at Ferrybridge

13/11/2017 - 23:46 Richard Charmouth

Charmouth: vismig 182 chaffs, 11 Redpoll, 8 Starling, 5 jackdaw, 5 Mipit, 4 Goldies, 2 Bullfinch, 1 Redwing, 2 L. Egret ....cont'd

06/11/2017 - 10:34 Ian Ballam

15 Grey Heron and 13 Little Egrets roosting on Southern bank of railway line in Holes Bay @harbourbirds @DorsetBirdClub

03/11/2017 - 16:28 Martin Adlam

Now 26 Red-breasted Merganser in Portland Harbour and 4 in The Fleet. A Little Egret was doing well along the shore…

08/10/2017 - 12:24 Debby Saunders

Ferrybridge mid day hi tide 48 Oystercatcher, 4 Little Egrets, 2 Sdwch Tern, 19 Brent west (none settled yet) Brambling over, Mute Swan in

29/09/2017 - 14:09 RSPB Weymouth

Kingfishers outside the DC, the Hoodie with the Mallards & Tufteds at the duck feeding platform and Little Egret in…

28/09/2017 - 21:05 Birds Poole Harbour

Little Stint in Holes Bay this eve is a great record. + Spoonill, c400 Blackwit, Greenshank, 1 YLGull, 41 Little Egret @DorsetBirdClub

27/09/2017 - 17:18 Hamish Murray

Spoonbills, Little Egrets and Grey Herons on the Brownsea lagoon today #dorsetwt #dwtbrown

26/09/2017 - 20:55 Richard Charmouth

Charmouth River 17.30-18.30: Cettis, Little Egret (o/fly), 100+ Pied Wagtails pre-roost gathering, 10+ Blackbirds into roost bushes.

20/09/2017 - 12:24 RSPB Weymouth

Great White Egret also at Lodmoor currently. Comparing neck length with a little egret...

06/09/2017 - 19:54 Paul Harris

Lodmoor pm: 3 Swift, Green Sand, Marsh Harrier, 15+ Little Egret heading off to roost.

03/09/2017 - 09:41 Barbara Bisset

09.40 ☔️osprey,grey heron, little egret together in large dead tree. Flock of blackwit on the water @RSPBArne @harbourbirds @harbourospreys

31/08/2017 - 09:50 Birds Poole Harbour

2 Green Sand, 2 Greenshank, 1 Common Sand, 2 Lapwing, 1 Kingfisher, 29 Teal, 2 Little Egret on @LHoltonLee Pools this AM @NarwhalSh

30/08/2017 - 17:40 Hamish Murray

Avocets, Little Egrets, Black-headed Gulls and a Spotted Redshank on the Brownsea lagoon today #dorsetwt #dwtbrown

26/08/2017 - 21:12 Debby Saunders Beautiful morning at Ferrybridge with Wheatears, Yellow Wagtails, Linnets, Little Egrets and the resident Herring G…
26/08/2017 - 20:27 Ian Ballam Little Egret #LytchettFields
18/08/2017 - 19:32 Ian Ballam Great White Egret with Little Egret , Middlebere Snap @SimonKidner
16/08/2017 - 09:51 Birds Poole Harbour @DorsetBirdClub @NickhopperUK 3 cattle egrets flew up channel with 5 littles 8.20am M'bere. No sign since. Scotland worth a look?
14/08/2017 - 18:54 Ian Ballam A couple of healthy counts this evening, 11Greenshank on fields & 27 Little Egret in bay/fields #LytchettFields @harbourbirds @NarwhalSh
29/07/2017 - 14:00 James Phillips Brownsea PM : 20 Little Egret, 18 Common Sandpiper, 1 Whimbrel, 7 Greenshank, 1 Juv Peregrine @harbourbirds @DWTBrownsea
25/07/2017 - 17:30 Ian Ballam Little Egret , Holes Bay
22/07/2017 - 17:30 Tom Brereton West Bay this am. Quiet. 3 juv Med Gulls, Oystercatcher, 2 Gannets. Peregrine attacking Little Egret at sea. Not su…
19/07/2017 - 22:30 Birds Poole Harbour 4 Spoonbill in Wareham Channel this eve with 48 Little Egret into roost. Also 83 Dunlin, c100 Blackwit & c500 Starling @DorsetBirdClub
15/07/2017 - 14:45 Birds Poole Harbour Great White Egret in Wareham Channel this AM with Little Egrets @DorsetBirdClub @BirdGuides
01/07/2017 - 01:00 Retweet RT @JIMBO2012: Little Egret at Canford Magna near Wimborne @lovefordorset @SightingDOR @BBCSouthWeather @bbcweather @ITV @BBCWthrWatchers…
26/06/2017 - 07:45 Debby Saunders Ferrybridge this morning 36 Med Gulls, Sandwich Tern, flock of 7 Little Egrets NW
25/05/2017 - 11:15 Hamish Murray Several Little Egrets on the Brownsea Lagoon yesterday - this one nice and close to the hide #dorsetwt #dwtbrown
27/04/2017 - 16:45 Dorset Wildlife Trust Lots of birds seen on the #FleetExplorer today, Cormorants, Whimbrels, Sandwich Terns, Little Egrets, Gulls and much more #dwtwey #Dorset
24/04/2017 - 17:15 Ian Ballam Little Egret #LytchettFields
23/04/2017 - 19:00 Simon Treasure RT @Simon_Treasure: little Egret and Turnstone , feeding at Baiter this afternoon @harbourbirds @DorsetWildlife @DorsetBirdClub https://t…
12/03/2017 - 18:00 Nick Hull Whilst driving home came across flock of roosting egrets at Bockhamton nr. Tincleton stopped & checked them out 27 Little & 4 Cattle Egret.
27/01/2017 - 18:00 Ian Ballam Little Egret in the same field as yesterday, today with added sun!
27/01/2017 - 12:00 Ian Ballam Marsh Harrier on prey on Otter Island and big raft of 7 Little Egret , Lytchett Bay @harbourbirds @NarwhalSh
26/01/2017 - 21:15 Ian Ballam Little Egret , Holes Bay
25/01/2017 - 19:15 Ian Ballam Little Egret , Upton CP
21/01/2017 - 20:30 Ian Ballam Little Egret, Holes Bay