February 11
Another attempt to see the Penduline Tit from Fen Hide, Strumpshaw. We left home at 7.30 a.m. with warnings of black ice and hazardous roads issuing from the radio. Apart from our road, the journey was fine. The hide was full when we arrived so we had to stand, leaning against the back wall, stooping to look out of the slots. After half an hour, someone left so we could sit for the next hour enjoying the view of the reed beds. After a short view of a flying Bittern, another flew a long way, landing in full view in front of us, lovely. A female Peregrine gave a wonderful aerial display, enlivening our wait, fast flying, stooping and swooping, over the far reeds. This Tit is so unpredictable in its habits - apart from mainly being seen early morning, and not every day either. Another time.....

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