I had intended to head to Wimpole Hall to their Christmas event but as it was I ended up over the Forest.
Everywhere still frozen over.
The mallards wer not happy sitting on the ice!
There were lots of Redwings about and I saw a Coal Tit (not a common bird there). I stopped at the cafe and had my brunch. I was joined by lots of ducks and as they had trotted across the ice towards me earlier I fed them some bread.
So where now? Well I hadn't been to Rye Meads for a while so.....
I was greeted in reception with "the Bittern was showing". We chatted a bit and the two ladies mentioned that they were heading to Hertford after lunch to try and find the Waxwings.
I headed off , a Buzzard went over and got mobbed
The normally good Draper hide was birdless just beyond there is a private path I glanced down it and saw a few Redwings and... hang on a minute WAXWING!!!!! I put someone else on to them and shot back to the centre to tell them.
Anyway they were still there and I went on. This little chap posed!
As I arrived at the relevant hide they had the waxwing at the other side of the lake (11 in a tree) as to the Bittern I was told it had being showing for an hour and a half but... I didn't have to wait long as it flew across the lake. Distant but a patch tick none the less.
Soon after the weather clouded over and so I headed back. Rather successful bit of local birding.