Frightening a Coot - shame there aren't more flying Bitterns!
Old Man's Beard
A Posh Relative of Turkeytails?
One for David & Brenda!
Although still full of cold, and feeling like anything but going outside, today's sessions went ahead as planned. The Jays and rats were amazing at Willow Pool though we just missed a Water Rail (am) & a Bittern (pm) when apparently it came out of the small reedbed in front of the hide & then walked all the way along the bank in full view for several minutes! We did see Willow and Coal Tits here. There was plenty to see in the morning, but the highlight was the Bittern, which came out of a reedbed & posed for 5 minutes. The afternoon was a lot quieter, but was saved by the 12 or so Lesser Redpolls and a single Siskin in the old car park. This was the best venue we've visited for fungi this autumn. Although the Kingfisher refused to appear for the first time in living memory, no one went home diasppointed. The long drive was well worth it