Saw a White Stork the other day in a field opposite our house in Great Dunmow, Essex. However, its now sitting on our roof !
Anyone else seen Storks on Essex ??
Hi & welcome to the forum,
I've just looked on Birdguide & they report 5 White Storks
in southern England, they have been quite mobile too,
No but it is a very interesting sighting. I believe that they have not nested in the UK since 1416.
Did you get a photograph.
Well that Stork is sitting on the roof so I guess he's there for the night
Yes I did get a pic; not a very powerful lens so the quality is poor. I noticed that the Stork had a ring on each leg.
The site would not let me upload a pic so find them here
Stork press.....Will send nest.......Stop....Don`t fall off roof.........stop....
Here is how to post photos on here
Cheers Sugar. I did try that before but it took ages and did nothing. I was impatient.
1st post here as I had a search around the web after seeing this at the weekend.
I guess it was the same bird as I spotted it in Stansted on Saturday so only a few miles from Dunmow? This was around 1pm.
Strange thing was I was at a car show up on the M11 business link trading estate at Castle Lotus and the bird started circling the busy area full of people and expensive classic cars on display. It seemed hell bent on getting to something on the ground. Only way to describe it would be like a hungry seagull intent on picking up some bread! I think people were worried it was going to land on a car at one point.
Anyway after about 2 or 3 mins of circling and attempting to land between the parked cars it just landed on the concrete and casually started wandering about. Appeared quite tame and was letting people get within 5 or 6 feet to take pictures. Didnt realise what it was at the time but an internet search revealed its quite rare?
It had tags/rings on both legs too so assume it was the same bird as the original poster saw?
How rare is a sighting?
Will post this on a few forums I think as I think it was spotted a bit over the weekend. What sort of ground do they cover in a day?
My wife videod the whole thing so will post that too.
Hi - funny story !
To be honest I'm not a bird watcher as such and just thought I'd post this for others interests as I thought it very unusual sighting. So, is it rare - probably a question for the experts here to answer. However, as suggested elsewhere it could be an ex zoo bird or similar and possibly that may explain why its not afraid to be near humans. Is it the same bird ? my guess would be yes. He's not come back incidentally ....
White Storks are scarce visitors to Britain, with 20 or so recorded here a year on average. The ones that show up in spring are 'overshooting' - they are returning migrants that travel further north than their usual European breeding grounds (usually encouraged by favourable wind direction/weather). White Storks are also popular in captivity so some records may relate to escapees.
It was hanging about Dunmow for a couple of days, very friendly and was last seen on some grassland at the back of Woodlands Park, Dunmow last night (13/05/12) at about 19:00hrs.
Will try to upload pics
I hope someone has tried to locate the place it escaped from, or the local police, before it comes to some harm.
Wow, thanks for the info and quite happy I've seen such a rare bird! I do think it was probably an escapee though due to its friendliness and as above hope it comes to no harm.
Hi Fallon - thats where I live ! I 1st saw the Stork on Friday around lunchtime.