I headed to Cornwall on Sunday 7th November and my target was the American Bittern , well to cut a long rather painful story short , i dipped it !!! it was bad enough for me even though i saw the one at Martin Mere back in the late eighties but that's birding sometimes , I was approx 15 mins from the site when the news came on the pager that despite extensive searching since first light there was no sign of it , damn and blast were just a couple of thoughts that came to mind !!!!!
I decided to head straight for the Green Heron , i got to Pentewan and there was no sign of it in the top ponds , i made my way down to the lower ponds better know as the lost gardens where i came across a couple of birders who had re-located the Heron , after a while i was enjoying crippling views of this stunning bird .
I called into Exminster rspb reserve on the way back but the American golden plover was not present it had relocated to Dawlish Warren and sadly i did not have enough day light left to get there in time , i did add Kingfisher which was a year tick for yours truly plus various waders and wildfowl .