16 January 2010
Bittern at Oxwich
Probably the same Bittern as that seen by Andy a couple of days ago was in a patch of rushes in the new fen area. Other cryptic species seen in the marsh were Jack Snipe, 23 Snipe and 4 Woodcock (roosting communally). Ducks on the ponds, good parts of which are now ice free, included 24 Gadwall, 9 Teal and a Shoveler. Water Rails seemed to everywhere calling and at least 1 Cetti's Warbler has survived the big freeze. In the bay around 550 Herring Gulls, 32 Great Black-backed Gulls and a Yellow-legged Gull were feeding on wide range of items on the falling tide, the main ones being Starfish, Otter Shells, Razor Shells. A Great Northern Diver was just off the rocks.