Previously "Diary of a Birding Medic"

Previously "Rugby Birder"

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

A pleasant morning at Marsh Lane Reserve!

Spot the Bittern?


A very pleasant few hours spent at Marsh Lane this morning, on what turned out to be a sunny, frosty and cold morning. I have written about the Snipe in a previous post to this, so I will concentrate on the "other" bird species! The Bittern was spotted in the reeds, south of the causeway but remained well hidden most of the time. However, for a brief ten seconds, it showed well enough to get some record images!

Bittern







Other notable birds were three Oystercatchers, two Shelduck, brief views of a Water Rail and a redhead Goosander.


Teal





Oystercatcher





Shelduck



Goosander



And finally, on my way home, this Buzzard





Todays Sightings:

Robin; Wood Pigeon; Carrion Crow; Cormorant; Song Thrush; Canada Goose; Black Headed Gull; Jackdaw; LBB Gull; Grey Heron; Oystercatcher (3); Coot; Lapwing; Pochard; Shelduck (2); Teal; Tufted duck; Wigeon; Mallard; Great Crested Grebe; Magpie; Blackbird; Gadwall; Reed Bunting; Mute Swan; Moorhen; Great Tit; Tree Sparrow; Chaffinch; Blue Tit; Common Snipe (c50+); Pheasant; Rook; Water Rail (1); Skylark; Green Woodpecker; Wren; Bittern(1); Buzzard; Greylag Goose; Goosander (1f); Yellowhammer; Long Tailed Tit; Starling; House Sparrow; Kestrel.






2 comments:

holdingmoments said...

Some top birds there Kevin.
I'm still looking for my first Bittern of the year.

Kevin Groocock said...

Cheers Keith - this was my first Bittern of the year! Year list still only on 80!