Thursday, 27 March 2014
26-3-14, Ladywalk NR
Today I had a site visit in Bath before going to our Gloucester office. On the pager I noticed the Bittern showing at Ladywalk. Now last year I had a nightmare with Bitterns. In February I went to Hams Wall and heard them booming but no sight and I then in May I was at Lakenheath where there were loads booming but I saw none. I was just never going to see one last year. On the way home I decided I would have enough time to visit Ladywalk NR before the sun went down and so with a good trip back I arrived at the reserve at about 17.20. A ten minute walk I was in a hide overlooking the feeders (sorry don't know any names) and within minutes was watching a beautiful Bittern hunting in the reeds. I was well made up. Also noted were 5 Goosander, 2 Oycs and several Wigeon, Teal, Gadwall and Shoveler plus a constantly calling Green Woodpecker and a nice Willow Tit.