Wednesday, 14 December 2016

First Bittern

Lade - warm and sunny - What a difference a day makes. With the temperature topping 13C by noon plenty of flying insects broke cover including several bees and two Red Admirals. We went off piste this morning during our circular walk by taking in the foreshore and sand dunes down to Greatstone where a flock of 25 Long-tailed Tits harboured two Wrens and a Chiffchaff. Also noted along the tideline, amongst the Sanderlings, Dunlins and Turnstones, were several Mipits and Pied Wagtails. The highlight on the lakes was a flight view of our first Bittern of the winter over the willow swamp.
  I was surprised to receive quite a few texts and e-mails today regarding my Christmas comments yesterday. Thanks again for your support, its good to know I`m not alone!

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