I am a novice to birding and have become interested since walking Frank our dog, a cross Flat Coat / Springer around Hastings Country Park and the surrounding area, I realised the little brown birds weren't just sparrows.
The temperatures this week have slowly dropped and despite high pressure moving in on Sunday it was a wet morning. I decided on a trip to Castle Water in the afternoon to see what was coming in to roost.
Generally there were loads of Coote, many Shoveler, Tufted,Wigeon, Mallard, Teal, Several Pintail, Lapwing, Gulls, Cormorants, Mute Swans flying in to roost and a lone Drake Smew,
On the way back another 30 mute swans returned from the adjoining fields and at the view point a Little Egret appeared but no signs of a Bittern. I met with two birders who had a Little Owl in their scopes but when I looked it had flown.