By 10am, two large birds appeared above the tree line. Were these goshawks? No. They were buzzards busy circling together in an aerial courtship display similar to marsh harriers but really high up. Two buzzards became four and then... GOSHAWK!!! I had two brief sightings of goshawks flying low above the pine trees. They were distant and they didn't hang around into view that long, but I could clearly see a buzzard-sized, elongated sqaure-tailed goshawk, it was definitely not a buzzard this time. After the second sighting, lots of people started arriving looking for them. It seems, because we were here early, no-one else saw a goshawk but us. But I don't mind, I'm very happy indeed to see my first ever wild goshawk no matter how brief the encounter was. They are phantoms after all.
The feeders and bird bath were attracting other birds including siskins and bramblings. I am happy to see that bramblings today as there hasn't been many visiting Norfolk from Scandinavia this winter. They look similar to chaffinches but with bright orange to their plumage and yellow bills.
We had our picnic under some trees with so many siskins feeding on the cones. I reckon there must be around 50-100 siskins above us! The sound of constant twittering and wheezing from all these noisy little finches was incredible! After lunch, we had a walk around the site and found brimstone butterflies (my first butterfly of the year), queen bumblebees pollinating crocuses. We walked past daffodils, snowdrops and also saw marsh tits, nuthatches and a muntjac deer. It was a very nice and productive day.