Wednesday, 7 January 2009



Calvert BBOWT; The 2 EURASIAN BITTERNS seen 4 times in flight between 2:20- 4p.m. One flew across lake to different small reedbed than one used last night. Only small patch of ice left in deeper water, but as last night,the loafing gulls on this give good early warning of Bitterns flying or emerging. If they go up screaming, get bins up and ready! Also male Common Goldeneye/6 Shoveler new in.

Sailing lake; male + imm male Common Goldeneye. Colleen came to see Bitterns and as usual spotted the most unusual/unexpected birds of visit!I was greedily, quickly scanning deep water for Divers/Grebes when she pointed out 2 DUNLINS feeding virtually under my feet!! She let herself down though by insisting we went home just as dusk approaching!! Wanted to check the Greylag flock more than anything and like last night trying to optomistically spot a 3rd Bittern!!(Tim Watts)

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