A few teal were on the lagoon, and the bright conditions encouraged 2 Buzzard and 1 Kestrel into the sky to soar and latterly hunt. This boded well for our visit to Waveney Forest later on. Before we left, we explored a little off piste hoping to add to the Wildfowl count. We were delighted to flush a Woodcock, which took off, veered toward us before bombing past into the nearby woodland. Classic view of a cryptic species.
We arrived at the mound in Waveney Forest mid-afternoon, narrowly missing a female Hen Harrier as we were just setting up. This was not to be a setback, for everywhere we looked we could see Raptors. At least 7 Short-eared Owl were on the wing, tussling with Kestrels, Crows and even each other. Some of this played out close enough that we could hear the grunts and squeaks of the Owls. Superb! A Rough-legged Buzzard was present, along with 2 Commons. 3 Barn Owl hunted, one carried food almost within touching distance of the assembled birders. Ricky spotted a Kingfisher whizzing along a dyke, and a Chinese Water Deer fed nearby. As we began to lose the light, Marsh Harriers became more obvious and Short-eared Owl activity dropped off slightly. What a superb area for Raptors this is, one can only guess how many in total use these marshes over Winter.
Having stopped off to grab dinner for myself, I called in at the patch as darkness fell. A c3000 strong Corvid roost left Claxton for Buckenham, 2 Barn Owls hunted and 10 Golden Plover breezed through, marking the third patch year tick of the day. Norfolk and the patch on fine form!