Thursday, February 05, 2009
On Monday February 2nd whilst feeding my duck traps at Willington GP I flushed a Bittern at about 6ft range, it was totally unexpected although for at least the past 6 years I have been saying 'There has to be a Bittern here this winter'. Its the first site record and I had brill point blank flight views. The bird dropped back into the reeds and despite trying twice since I hadnt seen it again.... Until this evening when in freezing conditions I stood on raised ground near the settling lagoon and at 5.25pm it flew from one part of the reedbed to another area to roost. The light wasnt great but the fact that Willington has a wintering Bittern is !