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November 2017

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Adult bittern wading in reedbed at Lee Valley Country Park

Potteric Carr gets a '10 from Len !'

The weather forecast was correct - rain giving way to bright calm weather. The welcome from the staff at Potteric Carr was wonderful - as was the breakfast at the cafe !! We decided to split the reseve in two - doing one half in the morning and the other in the afternoon. Almost immediately a Kingfisher was spotted by a lucky few flying across the first pool but we all had great views of a lovely Marsh Tit which came with the commoner Great, Blue and Coal tits to one of the feeders positioned in front of a hide. A Jay made frequent, if short, visits to the same feeders. The afternoon was spent on the far side of the reserve with great views of several Marsh Harriers, a Bittern flew over one of the hides and one of our party was lucky enough to see a Bearded Tit. Several Cetti's Warbler were heard calling and we had great views of Teal, Pochard, Gadwall, Tufted Duck and Little Grebe. In amongst the Lapwing flock were 7 Golden Plover roosting on the mud. Probably one of the best moments was a flock of 4,000 strong Starlings doing a 'murmuration' over the reed bed before plunging into the reeds for their night roost. What a way to finish the day !