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.
Sunday 20th January I started my annual search for a winter Bittern, at Castle water in the snow very little except this Snipe infront of the hide.
Monday with snow on the ground and all the pools frozen decided to head for the ARC pit at Dunge.
On Pett Level feeding on the thawed puddles was a Dunlin
And a very obliging cross-eyed Meadow Pipit
No geese at Scotney!! so onto the ARC pit and on arriving at the screen hide I was pointed out a distant Bittern on the ice - which took flight over to the reed bed near the Hanson Hide. However in front of the screen hide 6 Bearded Tits showed well. My first for Dungeness.
Also a couple of Chiff Chaffs showed well in the reeds
A visit to the Hanson hide only turned up a Sparrow Hawk and no further sign of the Bittern. A walk round the flooded willow trail loads of Robins Blackbirds and Redwings
With light failing I went to the Harrier roost at the Woolpack, only 2 Marsh Harriers came into roost but good views of a Barn Owl.