A September day at Strumpshaw fen

Today we went for a trip out in the windy autumnal weather to Strumpshaw fen in Norfolk. It’s an RSPB reserve famous for its bitterns, kingfishers and swallowtails (though of course no swallowtails this time of year). It’s largely a broadland habitat, with reedbeds and marshes, loved by bitterns, marsh harriers, otters and wader birds, but it also has an extensive woodland area and large meadow grazed by cattle.

Today in the Fen Hide we watched a bittern flying for quite a few minutes, marsh harriers circling way up ahead, and a water rail scuttling around in the shallows in front of the hide. Later in the Tower Hide we were impressed by a juvenile cormorant stretching its vast wings out. Fleetingly we saw a kingfisher flying along the river Yare and a few hobbies in the sky. Finally, near the end we came across a delightful little mole, who looked a bit lost on the gravel path and was trying to find out way back to the safety of the soil.

 

 

12 comments

  1. OMG how cute is that mole. I rescued a mole once – it was crossing a road in Denmark and a gigantic lorry was fast approaching. They are so adorable.

  2. As I US westerner, I very much enjoy seeing your different flora and fauna. Yours is my first mole (I’ve seen them in books, but never a photo of one in the wild) We have prairie dogs instead.

    • It was my first real life encounter. It’s so fascinating learning about other country’s wildlife as there are slightly different creatures that fulfill a similar niche in different habitats. I’d love to see a prairie dog, they are pretty cute.

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