After a fortnight of not using my optics 'in anger', thought I'd take advantage of the NE's population going Xmas shopping and the roads getting a little better and try for the YLG (would-be Lifer) at WR.
Journey was fine, roads clear, but the entrance to WR was gated off as the access road and car park were somewhat unkempt (bit of an understatement!).
So a short walk in, Shackleton fashion, scope legs instead of ski poles, and at the hide, many gulls. Those already in attendance had declared that the YLG was not and had never had been there today,but there was a probable Iceland Gull (juvenile).
Indeed, there was a young white-winger, which, in my opinion and some others there, was the smaller of the two expected (I see BirdGuides has it as Glaucous but I disagree).
And then the best ever Bittern views I have ever had, with TWO exposing themselves frequently (where's Leslie Nielson when you need him? Or Finbarr Saunders?) on the icy shores to the right of the hide. Absolute birding perfection, and no other way to decribe it, with 20 minutes of both appearing and then disappearing into the reeds, and so it went on.
Others there will have fabulous stills and video, but for now, here's my contribution: