West Charleton Marsh - Bittern

1100 - 1330hrs. Nice to have a firm walk to the hide this morning on the frozen ground! On the estuary several curlew, redshank, knot, dunlin, little egret and a lone greenshank. Wigeon, teal, shelduck and red breasted merganser in evidence. Several small birds on the feeders included a pair of cirl bunting

Having failed to see a water rail at this location in 2016, despite several views in 2015, I was pleased to see one in the reeds behind the feeders. It remained there for nearly 30 minutes, appearing later in full view as it scuttled under the footbridge to the feeders,

Whilst observing the rail, I saw a bittern fly low from the middle of the Marsh to land again in the main drainage channel not far from me. Excellent, but all too brief, views. I last saw a bittern at this location on 20.1.2016

Posted January 3rd, 2017 at 5:25 pm by David Pakes in Bird News