What a wonderful end to February with bright calm conditions throughout the day and a temperature high of 8 degrees.
Following a morning at work I decided to visit Hockham with raptors particularly in mind. Walking the woodland trails I encountered Goldcrest and singing Treecreeper.
A check of a flooded area produced a few Wigeon, Mallard, and Gadwall, with Teal being heard. Whilst watching these Ducks I noticed a large distant raptor species just above the tree canopy, checking the bird through binoculars it was a female Marsh Harrier. I moved closer to where I had seen the bird but it was not relocated, although it was undoubtedly still in the area.
Close to where I was standing at least 7 Snipe were seen in a flooded area of rush-fen habitat. Given the size of the site visited, the true numbers of Snipe could reach high double figures, or more.
At least 3 Grey Herons were seen and overhead a Great Spotted Woodpecker passed over in typical bounding flight.