Hahaha, yep - he did a lap of the whole room as though he owned it and was expecting it, then just walked out. We also had barn swallows that liked to come in one summer and do a circle of the room before flying out the door again. I think we had a robin in the house too before... everything seems to want to come in out here.
We have the bittern, it is a very shy bird, lives in dense reed beds but has a very loud booming call. It's currently starring on a BBC television programme called 'Spring watch' which is closely following the lives of all sorts of wildlife as they restart their lives after winter.
We have a similar program by Yle (the Finnish Broadcasting Corporation) - Kevätseuranta (literally translated as Spring watch, hah!).
I've also once seen the bittern. Handsome bird but it stayed quiet. We just stared at each other long time, then the bird decided it was time to go - I was wandering around the beach, when I spotted him, he was standing among the bulrush. (I lived on an island back then.)
A bit of both. We were at the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (google?) at Washington, in NE of UK . They have wild birds flying in but also a captive breeding programme. This wild trespasser was used to humans in the reserve and taking food from the "residents", so was tempted to come a little closer than usual with a scattering of seed.
Total shock when I realised I could have easily trodden on her before I saw through her defences! Her behaviour was so unlike the male on this photograph. He was happy to strut his stuff in broad daylight (well at least in overcast conditions).
I was using the Nikon DX 55-300mm zoom - slightly limited on top aperture at f4.5-5.6 which cuts it's performance in dull conditions, as in this photograph, but overall and on brighter days it works quite well.
Indeed but you immediately reminded me of "Old red Eyes is back", the Beautiful South song - Old Red Eyes is back, back from the night before the night before - I should have used that as the title! Too late now but it would have contained an additional element of humour.
The more I think about it, the more I should have gone that way. Recently I've looked to poetry for a title and not thought enough about song lyrics as an obvious alternative. Thanks for highlighting the fault, even if it was perhaps inadvertently!