Sunday, 3 April 2016

Cosmeston late morning



Bittern was showing well for about 20-30 mins in a small clump of reeds left of the Sand Martin 'bank' - this despite a couple with 2 children walking right through the middle of the no access conservation area, going right above where the Bittern was. On E lake Lesser Scaup and hybrid Poch x Tufty and what I think was a 2nd cal yr Yellow-legged Gull but will have to check age (it had the dusky grey mantle but flight feathers & coverts still brownish). Also Swallow, 20-30 Sand Martin, Willow Wblr, Chiffchaff & Cetti's Wblr singing. There was also a fem Wheatear in the large field beyond the snipe paddock but disappeared when flushed by a walker. Below, 3 record shots of the Bittern - click for a bigger image.



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