Went to Rainton Meadows today to specifically see the Bittern, had I bitten off more than I could chew in the bitter cold? No way. I found it straight away although somewhat hidden in the reeds. Managed some distant shots befor it skulked further back and out of sight. Also saw an Iceland Gull here (identified by someone else) so digiscoped that.
Now Rainton meadows hide is a freezer box in the summer - today it was unbelievable, and shows what life used to be like as cavemen without windows or doors. I though enough money was put into Rainton Meadows to get a decent hide. Then on down to Jacksons Landing to see the Red Necked Grebe, this showed nicely but was difficult to digiscope as it was pretty mobile then had the light against me. A good day with 2 firsts for me.
I also saw another flock of 20 waxwings on my way home on Salters Lane North in Darlington. Couldn't stop though!