I suppose it's that time of year, when migration has all but finished and temperatures are not low enough to bring timid residents like Water Rails out into the open: I've never known Strumpshaw so devoid of birdlife as it was this morning. Apart from a couple of Buzzards and the usual Marsh Harriers, hardly any birds put in an appearance from 7.00am until I left at 10.45. There wasn't a single duck or goose in front of Tower Hide! However, the day was saved by a small, dark Bittern, which, having been disturbed by the reed cutters, flew in front of Fen Hide.
A move to Buckenham added a flock of Barnacle Geese and a mini-murmuration of Starlings to a meagre day-list!