With nothing much else on my agenda I decided to head down to Hopton near Garboldisham, an area I know well, for the Glossy Ibis of the last few days. Parking up a local angrily told me to move my car so my wheels weren't on the path. Despite my declaration I was only going to be a few minutes he insisted 'because someone in a wheelchair might come past'. I really wasn't in the mood for his shit so did some insisting of my own in the form of a 'f*** off' and went on to enjoy some nice views of the bird from about 30 meters from my car!
Back at my appallingly (not!) parked car I poured a coffee which promptly got thrown out of the window as I'd got messages from Jus and Craig Shaw that the Snowy Owl had been relocated at Snettisham! So, I admit, I drove like a nutter up to NW Norfolk via Thetford, Mundham etc
Arriving at the RSPB carpark I began the long walk to the far southern end of the pits where the 1w female Snowy Owl was showing nicely on arrival - yay! At only c80-90 yards distant it was sat in the long grass on a hummock behind Shore Hide. Apparantly it was sat on prey although I didn't see it. After having my fill I made the long sweaty walk back noting Grey Plover, Knot, Bar-tailed Godwit, Dunlin, Ringed Plover and Curlew on the near edge of the Wash.
A 20 minute look at Wolferton Triangle revealed no Golden Pheasant, just a Common Buzzard low through the trees.
There were several Rookeries along the A47 on the way home including a particularly large one at Little Fransham
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