Saturday 24th January
I didn't manageto get out until about 4.20 today so only time for about 40mins birding before it got dark. I briefly checked the Bittern spot at the end of the Millstream Lake but initially no sign. So I walked around the West and East scrub. Well over 100 Fieldfare (with a few Redwing) were feeding on the ground in the East Scrub and showing really well. Also a Green Woodpecker and Goldcrest.
Back over to the Bittern spot around 4.50 I saw some movement in the reeds and then 1........2......3 Bittern appeared. All within a few feet of each other. One flew briefly into the front of the reedbed. Really pleased with that. I later heard another Bittern was seen around the same time on Brooklands Lake so at least 4 in the area.