Saturday 13th December
What a terrible day - heavy rain all day but I did manage to get out for an hour or so late afternoon for my 300th blog post.
I wasn't expecting much (through wet glasses and wet bins!) I started with a quick scan at the Bittern spot but no sign at around 2.45pm. A female Goldeneye showed distantly in the murk. I wandered along and crossed the railway track to Abbey Mead. A flock of Long Tailed Tits passed through as well as a couple of Goldcrest. Along to Brooklands, close to the tunnel to the carpark I had vert good views of a Chiffchaff and another Goldcrest.
Along the Millstream another Chiffchaff called and some Goldfinches went over as well as a Grey Wagtail. As the light was fading I arrived back at the patch of reeds that regularly holds Bittern in the winter. I could see a ligher shape in the reeds and then it turned its head and flapped its wings - at last I have caught up with a Bittern this winter. It showed well, climbing up into the reeds at around 3.45pm....I left, soaked, but happy!