Today was one of those days when, although I was not out looking for birds I came across a few anyway. Opening the Tern hide a black-necked grebe was off to the west of the hide, it was the one that is in largely breeding plumage, I still have to see the winter plumage bird. There were also 8 pintail. Heading over to the Ivy North hide I got a brief view of the bittern, the first time I have seen it there this winter.
At the Woodland hide there were 3 lesser redpoll, all wearing rings along with 2 goldfinch. At Ivy South there was a pair of gadwall close to the hide, and the great white egret on the far shore.
Towards the end of the day there were many more duck on Ibsley Water, including perhaps 250 wigeon and it was pleasing to se at least 70 of them grazing the western shore, where we did so much work in the autumn. There was also a flock of 55 black-tailed godwit, the most I have seen in a long time.
Back at Ivy South as I locked up I could see the great white egret again, this time in a tree with the roosting cormorant flock, it certainly looked as though it was going to stay there for the night as it was nearly dark.