Six bitterns were seen today, four at New Excavations and two on the ARC pit. Fifty-eight Bewick’s swans and one whooper swan were on the ARC pit morning and evening and spent the day in a field between the reserve and Lydd. Also present were two female red-crested pochards, smew, kingfisher, fieldfare, chiffchaff and goldcrest. Bearded tits and Cetti’s warblers showed well from the Hooker’s pits viewpoint.
Yesterday’s sightings: At least four bitterns were present, including one showing well at the demo pond. Two female red-crested pochards and a black-necked grebe were seen from Christmas Dell hide, a Slavonian grebe was on New Excavations, a Siberian chiffchaff and firecrest were near the Hanson-ARC hide and a dozen goosanders were on New Diggings.