Last Norfolk post. This one covers several places, in chronological order (sort of).
Monday was Titchwell, Tuesday was Blakeney and Cley, and Wednesday was Catfield Fen. Then on Thursday we went into Norwich. This was partly because Rob's nearly-new portable hard drive had failed and he wanted to go to PC World to get a replacement, but we also fancied visiting Norwich Cathedral, to take in its general magnificence and to see if we could get a look at the Peregrines nesting there.
Thursday night was Cley once again. And then on Friday we had rain, lots of it. By the time it finally stopped and things brightened up, it was mid-afternoon, and we dithered over what, if anything, to do with the rest of the day. We finally decided to go to Sculthorpe Moor, the Hawk and Owl Trust reserve near Fakenham, and got there at about 5pm.
Beyond the bird table is an expanse of reedbed, containing a Marsh Harrier nest. We saw both adults coming and going, but they were a long way off.
We went home on Saturday, but called in to RSPB Lakenheath Fen on the way. Weather today was very windy indeed, which meant fast-moving clouds overhead and things changing rapidly and frequently from sunny to overcast and back again.
I last visited this place sometime in the early 1990s, to see the Golden Orioles that breed here. Back then there was no reserve, and the Golden Oriole spot (a Poplar wood alongside a river) was surrounded by fields. The RSPB have bought a load of land and turned it into reedbed, marsh and meadow. It's very impressive. On a fine day it must be glorious here, but on our visit the strong winds kept things rather quiet.
The walk took a couple of hours and was most enjoyable. No orioles today (too windy?) but they are seen regularly, as are Common Cranes. Definitely a reserve to visit again someday.