An unpromising start at Strumpshaw with just a Goldcrest to show for a short, muddy walk round became much more interesting after I bumped into Brian and we decided to move to the rail bridge at Halvergate.
En route I noticed the first of two Little Owls - one at Hassingham, another at Strumpshaw on the way home!
Hardly had we climbed out of the van when I picked up a Short-eared Owl circling towards Brian & me from the west. It got near enough for a few distant (but pleasing) record shots before dropping down into the grass. Scanning back the way it had come, I noticed a Rough-legged Buzzard perched on a gate post: again, very distant, but totally distinctive, particularly when it flew eastwards, hovering every now and again. Last birds of note here were eight or so Bewick Swans that flew overhead towards Acle.