7th February 2018 Bittern & Bluethroat.

A continuation of the very cold weather that has preceded the last 5 to 6 days. Light northerly wind.5T6A1546

Bittern at West Rise against a not so pretty backdrop. Underlines the importance of this excellent area of reed bed and wetland.

I took a brief trip to West Rise marsh which sits almost within the urban, eastern fringes of Eastbourne to catch up with the Bluethroat discovered on Sunday. Quite a remarkable late winter record. The bird showed well on occasion and seemed to disappear as light faded. I also flushed a Bittern from the edge of the large pool whilst scanning the gulls.


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