Already in the overcast but very cold day for us in the UK (-3 degrees Celsius). There has been lots of bird activity. Blackcaps of both sexes, Blue Tits, Coal Tits, Robins, Blackbirds, Wood Pigeon, Collared Doves, Dunnocks, Goldfinches, Greenfinch, Chaffinch, House Sparrow, Goldcrest and Siskins of both sexes. There has been sightings of Waxwings in the area, in fact as the "Waxwing flies" only 500 mtrs from the garden.I have wired some berry laden branches in to the apple tree in the hope of attracting them in to the tree. This is a very long shot but who knows! This would be not only a first for the garden but a lifetime first for me..... fingers crossed! This afternoon I travelled the short distance out to Exminster Marsh. I was hoping to get some pictures of a Water Rail, I caught glimpses of them yesterday and heard them a few times as well. Si standing stock still because I had heard one nearby a Buzzard came as close to me as it dare. A Moorhen was struggling with the ice and seemed to be almost trapped. This definitely attracted the attentions of the Buzzard and I think had I not been so close he would have made his move. I took photos of him but then a momentous thing happened. deciding that enough was enough I made my way back to the car very nearby and parked next to a reed bed. As I opened the boot there was an almighty comotion right next to me and a largish brown striped "heron-like" bird took to the air. I clearly saw my very first Bittern. I was staggered and watched it through my binos disappear into the read bed about 100 yards over the field. I immediately got into the car and reported the sighting to AJ the warden in the RSPB office. He told me that it was only the second sighting in 10 years and last time it had been seen in the same area.