Well the sky was blue and I thought I've had enough of sorting out the study. I'm off to Barnes.
Possibility of a couple of year ticks.
I went first to Dulverton Hide - usual Tufties, Shovellers, and there a Snipe (Common) ok and on to the pool between D and WWF and lo and behold a Woodcock (tic) then it was off to the Peacock hide and more Snipe and Water Rail and - a Bittern but tricky sightings. Must be good from the WWF hide...hot foot back and right in front of me...a Bittern. Now there have been 2 Bitterns at Barnes but none seen this winter here by me.
Seen Bittern at Dungeness and Burton Mill Pond but not here, and what views brilliant, first it raised its neck to giraffe height then it walked about in the reeds at the waters edge and then it came right out. Typical I only had the little compact so I tried a few digiscope shots - well records they are!
Then off to Wildside to see if I could finally nail the Water Pipits- nope!
Still the Bittern was good.
Oh and I did say hallo to the Cranes - of course!