Thursday 30 December 2010

Bittern-tastic at Berwick

I had my best ever view of a Bittern today. Jamie (my 10 year old) and I dipped the Waxwings in the rain at Pitsea so stopped off for the 3rd time in 4 days at Berwick Ponds to try for the Bitterns. At the road end we had brief flight views as one seemingly dissappeared into the reeds. We spent 20 mins searching for it before finally viewing from the road, and there it was, amazingly camoflaged but right out in the open for at least 15 minutes. Crack on!

Happy New Year everyone!

Tuesday 28 December 2010

Berwick Bitterns

I took my non birding mate John for a walk to Berwick Ponds late yesterday afternoon to try for a Bittern as he had never seen one and we were not dissapointed. At the road end we had 2 almost straight away, proving good flight views.

John also added Water Rail to his list with this obliging little fellow!

Friday 24 December 2010

Upminster Waxwings

Great views were had of 6 Waxwings in and around the car park at The Optimist pub in Upminster late this afternoon. With berries in abundance in Alder Close expect them to stay and gorge themselves and hopefully be joined by one or two (hundred) others!

Merry Christmas!
Thanks to Shaun for the tip off.