news updated: 11 Jan 2011

Winter Visitor to Castle Loch

A Bittern was spotted on the Castle Loch on 28 December 2010

On the morning of 28 December 2010 I visited the loch and sighted a Bittern. The loch was frozen at the time. We were in the bird hide on the SE shore when the Bittern flew low over the loch towards us and landed just out of sight. We left the hide but could not locate it.  However, I returned to the hide after about 10 minutes and eventually detected the bird once again, camouflaged in the reeds about 15m to the right (East) of the hide in classic skypointing pose.

Derek Bearhop, Musselburgh