South end by Shore Hide at Snettisham RSPB
Sunday 11th March
The alarm went off at 5.30am – I was wrecked and there was no way I was getting out of bed! I finally got up at 8.30am and was very pleased to see that there was no sign of the Snowy Owl at Titchwell RSPB. So glad I didn't walk out there, which had been my plan for this morning.
Picked my sister Lucy up to go and spend the day with mother for "Mother's Day" – Vivien and Ray arrived at mother's house a few minutes before us. The plan for the day was to help clear up, saw up old fallen tree branches and other stuff and have a huge bonfire at the top of the garden with fish 'n' chips from Eric's for lunch. Vivien said she thought she saw the Snowy Owl whilst they drove along the bypass near Snettisham – when I asked her to describe it, she said its wings were broad and it was a big bird (Vivien is not a birder). Then, whilst telling Vivien and Ray about the Snowy Owl at Titchwell RSPB yesterday, the pager bleeped up at 10.58am with "SNOWY OWL at south end behind Shore Hide at Snettisham RSPB"! Maybe Vivien and Ray did see the Snowy Owl?!
Before the masses arrived!
It was a long walk back in the dark (again). I have never felt so pleased to be getting into my car and put the heating on. Returned to Mother's house. Vivien and Ray had just left and I passed them on the road as I was driving through Hunstanton. Sat with Lucy and Mother for a while after having something to eat and then went back home to King's Lynn. Huge thanks to the couple that popped into Titchwell RSPB to get their 'owl' ID'd and hope very much that the Snowy Owl hangs on for those that have still not have the chance to see it yet.
What a weekend! Surely no other bird will top this in 2018?!!! A Siberian Rubythroat or/and a Siberian Blue Robin would, but the likelihood of either of these dropping in would be highly unlikely, or would it?!