A Barn Owl was seen quartering fields as I turned into my 'patch'. I purposefully walked the main lake area trying to find the Bittern, before making my way to Holkham Lake for further views of the diver. There was no sign, but a small flock of Siskin held 3 Lr Redpoll. Both Green and Great Spotted Woodpecker were noted. 42 Greylag and 57 Canada Geese were counted, as well as 2 hybrids on Holkham Lake, with 8 Mute Swan. The Diver was still showing exceptionally well at the western end of the lake. A further search added little, but returning the diver could not be seen. Then, at c 8.55 am it was seen to take flight, circling the pits, but then returning to a smaller pit S of the river (Horseshoe or Pump Pit!), where it continued to show exceptionally well - to the amusement of the fishermen, who had a working party on (presumably why the diver moved). It became the largest 'twitch' for Swanton Morley and one of the largest in the 'valley'! Hopefully no ill feeling will be had by the owners. They were very sociable today, let's hope it continues.
2 Kingfisher and 2 Stock Doves were seen.
If any visitors today had any other interesting sightings today at the site I would love to hear of them!
Norfolk Bird Info to:
Norfolk 364 BOU, 376 UK400, Year 147, Route 86, Sp 64, SM 65, SF 32