I spent most of today collecting alder, ash and sycamore logs with the quad bike and trailer to sell for firewood. The current mild weather seems to be confusing wildlife as I heard chiffchaff and song thrush singing, and saw a white-tailed bumblebee. I also noticed quite a few spring flowers out like primroses, campions and lesser celandines. Crazy for December.
During the morning several visitors reported the bittern on Ivy lake (and unfortunately a very heated argument between a few visitors over the window seats), so I went to have my lunch at Ivy North hide. My luck was in as the bittern was showing well to left of the hide and everyone was very considerate sharing the best seats allowing all to get great views and pictures.
Later on I passed the woodland hide and found it busy with visitors and lots of birds. Finch numbers seem to be steadily rising with noticeably more chaffinch, siskin and redpoll. Over the weekend four brambling were reported but I only saw one in my brief visit. I think if we ever get some cold weather we could get quite large numbers of finches visiting the feeding station.
Over on Ibsley Water, the ring-billed gull, slavonian grebe and black-necked grebe were all reported again.