With the high tides of the full moon at the start of the month I decided to go to Norfolk for a couple of days. I drove up on Tuesday night after work, getting in at about 21.40 to Dove Cottage B & B at Dersingham where I stayed last year. High tide was at 08.08 so it wasn't too early. I needed to be there an hour before high tide, so I got up at about 06.00! A quick breakfast left for me by Doug and Mo and I set off for the RSPB carpark at Snettisham. It's about 25-30 mins walk to the beach from the car park and I got there at about 07.20. Even so, it appeared that most of the knot had already flown over into the roost as there were almost no large flocks flying over my head. Watching the knot and oystercatchers from the roost hide was nice but not a patch on last year when the birds were constantly up and swarming around because someone had crawled to the bushes just behind them and kept flushing them with the result that I was able to film the huge flocks of knot in the air.
There were about 100 avocet which flew off at one point only to return a few minutes later, perhaps because the water hadn't receded enough for them. A single Mediterranean gull flew in to join a headless one-legged greylag goose on the island!