Lade - 0830hrs - Cold, sunny, nw 2 - With overnight temperatures dipping to -4 C many of the reedbed shallows were frozen solid, which is not great if you`re a Bittern. As a consequence I had five sightings today starting with two birds flying around north pit calling and being mobbed by a Grey Heron. Last weekends Teal had mostly dispersed and apart from a couple of Goldeneyes and a Kingfisher there was little else of note.
New Diggings - From the causeway road a flyover Bittern, Black-throated Diver and Great White Egret. On ARC at least 250 Gadwalls in the frozen shallows, plus 2 Marsh Harriers and Peregrine by the railway line.
Lydd Allotments - Checked out the apple trees several times today, where several Waxwings were reported earlier (PB) but without success.
Burrowes - An adult Caspian Gull had been found by DW in front of the visitor centre when I arrived. Smew, Goosander and Great White Egret were also present. Driving back towards Boulderwall another Bittern flew in front of the car.
ARC - A stroll down to the pines revealed a small mixed flock of Long-tailed Tits, Goldcrests and a Chiffchaff, plus Green Woodpecker, 20 Stock Doves, 2 Marsh Harriers and a Sparrowhawk. From Screen hide yet another Bittern alongside a Great White Egret.