Brian seems to be on the mend (he's been suffering from the same lurgy that seems to have afflicted half the population recently!) so we met at Strumpshaw for a couple of hours trudging through the mud.
Despite the high winds a few bits and pieces made it an enjoyable walk round: Bearded Tit, Snipe, Green Sandpiper, Goldcrest and a flock of six or seven Bullfinches being the highlights. Lots of Marsh Harriers and Water Deer, of course, while overhead a huge RAF A400M Atlas made several circuits of East Norfolk. A really large flock - say 200+ - of Fieldfares crossed the river from the pumphouse.
(Thanks to Brian and Paul for I/d-ing the aircraft!)