Got there at first light to be greeted by a Song Thrush belting it out at the entrance. Twenty minutes at the feeding station was busy. A Robin with a half-cocked tail looked menacing as it fed on the ground. As soon as it left three other Robins dropped in for some bait. All the usual in attendance also.
Hide one was quiet.
The Mutes, Mallards and Wigeon on the water. Posturing and raucous Black-headed Gulls occupied airspace and the platform.
Hide two was initially quiet also before I had two Bittern within seven minutes of each other on opposite sides of the hide. I was lucky enough to have had the place to myself but that changed as the place started to fill up. There were eight or nine people in the hide as another Bittern showed. Initially there was a movement in the reeds in the centre and it was a question of time before it would reveal itself.
It is still like a quagmire between the two hides.
I had my first drumming Great-spotted Woodpecker as I continued on a circular walk.