The bittern is one of our Top 20 birds. It is shy, secretive and more likely to be heard than seen as it moves silently through reeds at water’s edge, looking for fish. It is another reed-bed specialist and with its subtle brown plumage, this plump heron-like bird blends almost perfectly into its habitat. When frightened, it often remains perfectly still pointing its neck and bill skywards, to look just like a reed stalk. On its breeding grounds the male’s remarkably loud and booming mating call can be heard over two kilometres away.
Siddick Pond is the best place to see bitterns in Cumbria. It occurs in very numbers (1-5) with birds arriving September and departing in March/April, although occasional sightings have been made during the summer months.
Listen to one of their calls:Find out more in a school or group visit or just visit yourself and see what you can spot.