Thursday 14th Feb 2013
4 Bittern (Clifton Pond - see account below), 4 Common Snipe (Clifton Pond), Common Buzzard (Barton Island), Fieldfare, Song Thrush, Bullfinch (along riverside top of Clifton pond), Redwing (Barton lane), Treecreeper (near Church Pond), Water Rail (Willow Peninsula - back of Nature Centre), Sparrowhawk (Wheatear field), Kestrel (Tween Pond), Goosander, Goldeneye, Pochard (Clifton pond) An account of Bittern watching on Clifton Pond 14/02/13 - The first appeared at 14:15 at the northern edge of the reedbed, located south of the east end of Corbert Hide and was visible off and on for approx. 15 minutes. 2 further Bitterns flew into the same reedbed from reedbeds to the east at approx 15:00.These 2 then played around swimming across to an eastern reedbed, one perching on one of the reedbed protection posts until dislodged by the other, one climbing with some difficulty over the "chicken wire" reedbed protection fencing.Eventually, separately, they returned to the first mentioned reedbed. At about 15:55 a 4th Bittern flew from a western reedbed into the reedbed to the south of the western edge of the hide. It then strolled across where the reeds are flattened to the east side of that reedbed.The Bittern was still in that reedbed when I had to leave shortly after 4PM. A Little Egret that flew into Clifton Pond had possibly disturbed the Bittern from its original position. C. Bell
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