I recently visited Pendeford Mill LNR to look for any signs of springtime woodland flowers and see how the heronry was. As I got to the largest pool, where the heronry is high in the trees on the island, I saw what seemed in the distance to be very pale herons. When I got closer, it became clear they were a couple of little egrets. All three egret species seem to be getting to be regulars at sites in the west midlands.
On a return visit a few days later there was no sign of these birds.