I added just three more species to my shiny new 2012 New Hythe list today, bringing my total to 57 so far. First was a Grey Wagtail who bounced along the river by the small wood, second was an untidy flock of Lapwings seen later having been pushed off the river by the rising tide, and lastly a brief re-acquaintance with my old friend the Bittern, who decided to make an appearance as I chatted to Dennis and Doreen at the usual Streamside reedbed.
Once again i'm amazed that such a desperately shy bird should fly out of the safety of its refuge and sit on the reeds, out in the open, with seemingly little regard to our presence on the other bank. It stayed for a while, looking around almost curiously, before calmly turning round and clambering back out of sight.
Some of the other notable species seen today included at least half a dozen Bullfinches who seemed happier than usual to let me stare at them, albeit from a respectable distance, along with Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Cetti's Warbler, two Kingfishers, a couple of Little Grebes, Green and Gt. Spotted Woodpeckers, Redshank, loads of Jays and a couple of Redwings. These were just some of the 48 species seen in all today which as I said is business as usual really at good old New Hythe.